Hymns from Festival Poet Edvard Hoem.
The themes of Edvard Hoem’s hymn lyrics span from heaven to earth, from everyday matters to the solemn, in a down-to-earth and poetic language about the mysteries of faith. At this concert, the audience is presented to, and may sing along with, a selection of the 11 hymns of Hoem included in the Norwegian Hymn Book.
Hoem wrote his first hymn in 1983. 'The Poor God' was written on request from his son – or, more precisely, because the fourth grader’s teacher posed a question – concerning whether he could ask his author father to write a Christmas hymn for his class. This challenge made a great impression on Hoem, who had long since lost his childhood faith. Just before Christmas he had completed the hymn, and with this he returned to his faith. The next day, Henning Sommero had already composed the music for the hymn.
Since then, Hoem has written several more hymns, among others ‘No Stig Vår Song’, composed for King Harald’s 70th birthday. This song, with music by Håkon Berge, has become a modern classic, a hymn of our time.
The Festival poet has never called himself a ‘hymnist’; he is a poet who also writes hymns. He will tell you more in charming St. Jakob Church – Bergen’s cultural church for youth. Between the hymns, performed by Ole Bull Chamber Choir, poet Erlend Nødtvedt will also read a long poem commissioned by the Norwegian Writer’s Center.
Ole Bull Chamber Choir | Jon Flydal Blichfeldt conductor | Sigurd Melvær Øgaard organ | Edvard Hoem Festival Poet | Erlend O. Nødtvedt reading | Kjetil Almenning artistic director
A co-production with the Norwegian Writer’s Center, Western Norway.
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Thu, May 24, 2018 6:00 PM
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