Molly Påhlsson

Molly Påhlsson (b. 1993) was born in Linköping, Sweden. She is a classical flute performer with a Bachelor’s degree in music from the Piteå School of Music. She studied composition at Framnäs folkhögskola under Martin Schultz and with Fredrik Högberg at the Piteå School of Music, where she also studied sound art and sound design. Currently, she is completing the Master’s program in flute at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.

Her music often uses sounds from the human body, organic matter and the flute.

Instinkt (2016)

For tenor voice and electronics

The lyrics are from a poem by Edith Södergran with the same title as this piece (“instinct”). The electronics consist of sounds from the human body, which are recorded using contact microphones. It also contains recorded voice from Erik Stillesjö, for whom the piece was originally written for.

Min kropp är ett mysterium

Så länge detta bräckliga ting lever

skolen I känna dess makt.

Jag skall frälsa världen.

Därför ilar Eros blod i mina läppar

och Eros guld i mina trötta lockar.

Jag behöver blott skåda,

trött eller olustig: jorden är min.

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