Commissioned by Johannes Thorell with funds from the Swedish Arts Council. This work was composed in 2014 and first performed on 14 August 2014 in La Plata, Argentina, by Johannes Thorell (sax) and Matias Sköld (piano).

PROGRAMME NOTES

Quietly sailing through a suspended landscape, Circling Point focuses on the timbre of the instruments in a slow, yet almost constantly pulsating, meditation. As if in one breath, the piece sees a gradual expansion of pitch and intensity. A whispered so-o voce line threads two voices together in a delicate and intimate dialogue where they are constantly influenced by the other. The material develops akin to a photo gradually emerging in a dark room.

Tomas Transtromer's poem Ostinato resounds with the piece, which is where the title Circling Point is found.