On the Day of St Sigfrid – the Apostle of Värend

15 February, 2017

Today is the feast day of St Sigfrid, the apostle of Värend why I thought it appropriate with a short blogpost on his Office.

Not much is known about the historical figure Sigfrid, being one of several missionaries coming to Christianize Scandinavia 11th century. He eventually ended up in the region of Värend, possibly invited by the Swedish king. Tradition proclaims him as the first bishop of the diocese of Växjö. Read the rest of this entry »

More on Invitatory Antiphons and Candlemas

2 February, 2017

My adventures in the world of (Birgittine) invitatory antiphons continues. But it is also Candlemass today which will be highlighted with some beautiful 18th century square notation! Read the rest of this entry »

A few Thoughts on Invitatory Antiphons

29 January, 2017


I will devote a few blogposts to the invitatory antiphons in the Birgittine Order, which I have been working on for a while now. The result is far from a story by Dan Brown but nevertheless quite interesting. Here a few words on this while an article gets ready for publication…

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Teaching Chant to Benedictines – quite overwhelming

21 January, 2017

This blogpost is written from the Benedictine abbey Mariavall (mariavall.se). Me and my colleague Pia Bygdéus here at LNU have been invited to work with the sisters for a few days on liturgical (Gregorian) song and the art of liberating the voice. It is difficult to express in words how meaningful this work has been and how much this has made us reflecting on for example what it means to be able to sing and how groups can encourage and diminish the forces within it. Read the rest of this entry »

Recently discovered Birgittine manuscripts in danger!

17 January, 2017

Welcome to my blog! I will here write about my ongoing research on chant in the Birgittine Order in my research project ‘The Musical World of the Birgittine –Order’.

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