Q: "The absolute highlight of your new album Banco has to be 'Notre besoin de consolation est impossible à rassasier'. How did you come up with the idea of setting this text by Stig Dagerman to music?"
A: "… a friend of mine lent me the book and it just hit me instantly. I believe there are moments when certain things need to be heard and I felt Dagerman's text, which he wrote back in 1952, is just so topical now. The way I read it, his text is an anthem to freedom. It's a song that's absolutely vital now, despite the tragic fate of its author who committed suicide shortly after writing the book. There are some really powerful lines in it, both from a poetic and philosophical point of view. And, I have to admit, the idea of including a track that lasts almost 20 minutes appealed to us as a strong statement in an age dominated by speed, shortened attention spans and permanent channel-hopping." More…
—Christian Olivier, singer in French group Têtes Raides, interviewed on rfi/musique on December 17, 2007
Compositions by Text
Our Need for Consolation Is Insatiable (essay), see Film, Dance
|2007||Notre consolation est impossible à rassassier (reggae). Têtes Raides, 20 min track on Banco CD.|
To Kill A Child (short story), see Film
|2008||To Kill A Child (rock). Freeshine, track on All Blood Is Royal CD. Music Video|
Many Swedish musicians have put music to Dagerman's poems and satirical verses ("pithy poems"). For example:
|2009||Regn. Bengt Söderhäll & Urban Forsgren sings Dagerman, Sweden. Listen|
|2008||Four songs with texts by Stig Dagerman (modern, acoustic). Jørgen Plaetner, composer. CD, Dacapo, Denmark.|
|2007||No One Can Reinvent The World (ballad, piano) working track. Anders Edenroth (RealGroup), translation by Steven Hartman, Sweden.|
|2006||En broder mer (folk guitar). Bengt Söderhäll & Urban Forsgren sings Dagerman, CD 13 tracks, Sweden.|
|2006||Aldrig slocknar längtan efter ljus - Stig Dagerman i ord och ton (ballads, piano, readings). Leif Gellerfalk & Rene Dagerman, CD 10 music tracks; 6 readings, Sweden.|
|2005||Stig Dagerman, (country, blues; guitar). Hawkey Franzen, CD 12 tracks, Sweden.|
En Broder Mer
Jorden kan du inte göra om
Men det är redan så mycket
No One Can Reinvent the World
No one can reinvent the world.
But this, friend, is more than enough –
Translation by Steven Hartman.