The author of Kosterflickornas visa “Song of the Koster Girls” is Evert Taube (1890-1976). It is one of the 200 popular and beloved songs he wrote and which have made him one of Sweden’s “national poets”. His popularity and greatness is made evident since he is honoured to be on the new 50 Kronor banknote which will be issued during 2015. The Koster islands are the most westerly inhabited part of Sweden. The islands are situated in the northern part of the county Bohuslän, not far from the Norwegian border. The song text goes:
Here is the sea that embraces our Bohuslän islands
and carries our father and brother in a rocking boat.
Come to the beach, come with me, come sing by my side
out over Skagerack in the calm summer night.
The arrangement for flute and wind band is written by Jerker Johansson (born 1967), who is conductor of the Göteborg Wind Orchestra, which has made a CD-recording of the song with Evert Taube’s son Sven-Bertil interpreting his father’s work.
Jerker Johansson (born 1967) studied 1984-90 percussion, composition and conducting
at the Gothenburg University School of Music.
Between 1992 and 2004 he was chief
conductor and artistic leader for GöteborgsMusiken (now Göteborg Wind Orchestra),
which also performed as the Swedish Air Force Band and has made several recordings
on the Naxos label of both popular music and serious concert music, selling more than
half a million copies. Today he keeps a busy schedule composing and arranging music,
conducting and playing percussion.
|Format||Score and parts|
|Theme/genre||Popular music, Song and folk music|
|Instrumentation||Concert band, Concert band with soloist - vocal or instrumental soloist|
|Series||Noteservice Concert Band Entertainment|
|Band catalogue||European Band catalogue 2015|