Pas de Signal [help]

'Pas de Signal [help]' is a chamber piece written in 4 parts for the Swedish ensemble Paerls Before Swine. It has been written in two versions:

- Flute, violin, cello & piano (prepared)

- Flute, clarinet, percussion, piano (prepared), accordion, zither, violin & cello


Other versions have been made as well for special occasions. 

1st & 2nd part (performed at Darmstadt):                              - Flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin & cello

3rd part (performed in Aarhus (DK) by Lydenskab):            - Flute, trumpet, percussion, piano (prepared), guitar & cello


I chose the title after seeing an emergency text that appears when a projector looses its contact with the computer. I saw this many times when I lived in France in 2010. It was like a cry for help from the machine and I thought it was a suitable title for this piece.  

Part 1-3 all ends with an improvisation part. Because of that the duration of the piece can vary. I have written some time suggestions but I am open for other durations as well. 

The piece can be played with or without a conductor. If the ensemble not are used to play together as a quartet (or to play inside piano) it can be a good idea to have some help to keep it together. But it is up to the musicians to choose this. 


’Pas de Signal [help]' is a part of the chamber opera "The Illuminated Traces of Ligeia”.

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Material to download:

Score (Quartet version)    Recording (Quartet version)


Score (Octet version)


3rd part of Pas de Signal [help] with Lydenskab (fl, trp, prc, pno, gtr & vlc):

Score   Recording 

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The piece is in 4 parts: 

Part 1: is called ‘Pas’ (without) and has elements borrowed from the piece Euphorbia. Like an echo and reminiscence from another piece.


Part 2: is called ‘de’ (of/binding word) and is a short piece about the things in between. It is based on Frederic Chopin’s Prelude no 14 in E-flat. That prelude has always meant a lot to me. It is so different and leads nowhere. Like waves rolling towards the shore. 


Part 3: is called ‘Signal’ (signal/contact) and is based on an old song I made for soprano and string trio. The song was called ‘Junis äventyr’ (The adventures of June). It has never been finished but the melody is very interesting. I use the melody to bind the instruments together in a liquid stream throughout the piece. 


Part 4: is called ‘[help]’ and the idea for the piece came quite quick when I composed. I thought of my old electronic piece Batla. In that piece it sounds like some small creatures screaming for help. I used that piece to create a new strange creature. It is very different from the rest of the piece.

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Video with Pearl Before Swine in Canberra, Australia, in 2013: