Looking back on 2021

Edition·S looks back on 2021, a year filled with festivals, world premieres and new releases despite the cancellations and challenges due to the covid-19 pandemic. We want to thank all the composers, musicians and many other collaborators who have all contributed to musical adventures in 2021. We are looking forward to a new year with even more music in 2022.

Notable performances throughout 2021

The beginning of 2021 was affected by lockdown and cancellations, but some venues and festivals turned to alternative ways of making the performances happen. Simon Steen-Andersen was composer in residence at the Finnish Musica Nova festival where Run Time Error, Black Box Music and Piano Concerto were all performed as online concerts. Matias Vestergård Hansen's COLLAPSE AND COLLAPSE was premiered by ensemble recherce during ECLAT Festival Neue Musik Stuttgart in front of streaming-cameras, and Martin Stauning's Concerto for Harp and Orchestra was premiered by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and soloist Zachary Hatcher with a radio broadcast and video-production instead of a live audience. Ylva Lund Bergner's choral piece Et Os To was commissioned by the Danish National Vocal Ensemble as a special initiative during the lockdown, and was premiered in a radio broadcast.

When the concert venues were able to let the audience back in, KLANG Festival opened its doors to premiere performances of Jeppe Ernst's Sakramente (Natsange), Mads Emil Dreyer's Miniature 3, Li-Ying Wu's The Truth and other Lies, Lars Kynde's Fanatisk fantasi, Carl Bergstrøm-Nielsens Colours and Contexts and Laura Toxværd's Interrupter.

The world premieres in summer included Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm's solo organ work NeowiseJesper Koch's Sine qua non, and Ejnar Kanding's Partita Mallorca which was performed in... Mallorca. Jexper Holmen's Klokkehøst, written for 29 small percussion instruments was premiered by Ying-Hsueh Chen, and Danish Chamber Players premiered Li-Ying Wu's Naturkoncert. Together with Theatre of Voices, Danish Chamber Players also performed a portrait concert with works by Bo Lundby Jæger. In the early autumn, Danish Chamber Players went on stage with yet another world premiere: Kasper Rofelt's Dichotomy, which will be featuren on a portrait album released in 2022. At Rudersdal Summer Concerts, Thomas Agerfeldt Olesen's Glasperlenspiel was premiered and by Rudersdal Kammersolister and Simon Christensen's 3rd string quartet was also premiered here. Throughout 2021, three works by Mette Nielsen were premiered, three individual works all referring to each other: The solo clarinet piece Alone, Together written for basset clarinet, violin, viola and cello and the string quartet Apart.

In autumn, Nordic Music Days took place in the Faroe Islands and Allan Gravgaard Madsen and Anna Katrin Øssursdóttir Egilstrøð's Beinta was performed in the home country of the title character for the first time. At SPOR FestivalChristian Winther Christensen's opera Eating a Man,  was premiered by SCENATET, while the composer himself cooked meat on stage. Also at SPOR, Martin Stauning went on stage with his own solo performance piece Kiebelmacher’s Quarters. At Frederiksberg Festspil, Taïga String Quartet presented Niels Rønsholdt's Centalog – a string quartet consisting of no less than 100 movements.

In October, Simon Steen-Andersen and Ensemble Musikfabrik embarked on a surrealistic, cinematographic, audio-visual journey through the innermost parts of a tuba, in the premiere performance of the tuba concerto TRANSIT at NOW! Festival in Essen. Riot Ensemble premiered Bára Gísladóttir's Animals of your pasture in Belgium, and afterwards performed it at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, where one critic described it as "rooted in a landscape of complex, rich harmony." 
Line Tjørnhøj's musical and dramatic universe was unfolded in Aarhus and Birkerød in a portrait concert presenting excerpts from a great selection of her works. In a new ensemble format, Athelas dim, premiered Morten Olsen's Studies I+II - Not the Beginning This is the End in Musikhuset Copenhagen. The Danish National Vocal Ensemble premiered Nicolai Worsaae's PUSH, and the last world premiere from the Edition·S catalogue was performed by Duo KlettWood with Simon Christensen's KNOH.

New music at Edition·S

In 2021, Edition·S has had the pleasure of starting new collaborations with Mads Emil Dreyer and Pernille Louise Sejlund. A selection of their works now contribute to the multifaceted catalogue, Edition·S represents.

Album releases

An excellent selection of album releases have seen the light of day in 2021. New releases with works published by Edition·S span from 19th century opera to electronic drum machines, including:

Timothy Baxter: Cantata Respice in Me

James Black: Music is not always participatory

Peter Heise: Drot og Marsk

Ejnar Kanding: Nine Waves

Line Tjørnhøj: Hånden på hjertet

Lars Hegaard: Octagonal Room

Simon Steen-Andersen: Drownwords

Steingrímur Rohloff: Medea/Lysistrata

Ejnar Kanding: Textures & Mosaics II

Jesper Koch: Korbogen

Niels Rønsholdt: Archive of Emotions and Experiences, Book 1: Birds

Niels Rønsholdt: Country

Edition·S 150 years

Edition·S celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2021. The anniversary was celebrated with the publication of the book Musikalske aftryk – Dansk tonekunst gennem 150 år. Eight experts revisit old stories from the world of classical music in Denmark, and explores parts of the landscape created with the music written today. The book is edited by Søren Schauser and published at Forlaget Grønningen 1.
In the videos below, two of the authors tell about the subjects from the book.

Awards and grants

Once again Edition·S can proudly look back on a number of awards and prizes received by composers published here. Niels Lyhne Løkkegaard received an honorary mention at the prestigious, international media arts competition Prix Ars Electronica for his piece Music for Krügerrand – Quartet for Gold Bullion Coins. Bára Gísladóttir's VÍDDIR was nominated for the Icelandic Music Awards in the category 'work of the year'. Steingrímur Rohloff was selected to represent Denmark in The International Rostrum of Composers and his work Die 4 Himmelsrichtungen. Bára Gísladóttir received the recently reintroduced three-year work grant from the Danish Arts Foundation. Niels Rønsholdt received the Carl Prize in the category 'Classical composer of the year - large ensemble' for his work Country, which was composed for the cellist Jakob Kullberg. Last but not least, Bára Gísladóttir was recently announced as the recipient of Gladsaxe Music Prize 2022. On that occasion she has composed a new orchestral work for Copenhagen Phil, which will be premiered in February 202.