• Britta Byström
  • To every thing there is a season (2019)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
  • vn
  • 9 min

Programme Note

’To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven.’

These are the first lines in the Bibel Verse which I have used for my composition. It is a very poetical text, from Ecclesiastes 3, in which the repetitive words ’a time to...’ forms a sort of refrain that creates a musical form in itself.

There is no obvious message in this Bible Verse, but in a few, sparse lines, the whole diversity and richness of human life is uncovered. When I set music to it, I also thought about it as an image of music itself: a space where all doors are open, where everything has a place.

Female choir and violin: what an attractive combination of lines in high register! In my piece, you can hear the violin sail freely above the singers, like a kite to which the choir hold the line. At other times, the violin joins the choir, as one voice among the others.

’To every thing there is a season’ is about 9 minutes in lenght and is dedicated to The Netherlands Female Youth Choir and Janine Jansen.

Britta Byström