Fabian Svensson (1980-)

Melodica Madness

  • Year of composition: 2004
  • Work category: Chamber ensemble (7 or more instruments)
  • First performed: 7 June, 2005 at the Musikhögskolan [Royal College of Music], Stockholm. Mikael Gillefalk, Magnus Andersson, Catarina Forss, Hanna Gustafsson, Weiwei Jin, Malene Bay-Landin, Fabian Svensson, Bolla Henriksson, Fredrik Gran, and Mikael Nilsson. Conductor: Jayce Ogren
  • Duration: 15 min


8 melodicas, hi-hat, unspecified bass instrument

Examples of printed editions

Svensk Musik, Stockholm 2006

Description of work

One-movement work

Work comment

The instruments that interest me most are those free from the burden of romantic tradition. Among these, I'm especially attracted to the melodica, an instrument I'm regularly playing myself. After having written two brief works for the instrument, a solo piece and a duo, I felt that the next logical step was to create a more large-scale work, both in terms of duration and ensemble size. This wish resulted in a tightly structured fifteen minute piece for eight amplified melodicas, bass instrument (unspecified) and hi-hat, characterized by high energy and relentless rhythmic drive. Though taxing to play, it is above all a joyful and optimistic piece.