Category:   ETHNIC MUSIC
Composer:   Maurice Karkoff
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Hal Leonard
Edition:   08500078
Voicing:   TTBB
Setting:   A Cappella


Kathy Romey
University of Minnesota 2001
R&R Chair Ethnic Music

Sov tills jag kommer (Sleep, I’ll be with you) is a beautiful, lyric lullaby for men’s chorus written by Swedish composer Maurice Karkoff. The setting is in c-minor and manageable in every aspect. The vocal range extends from low to high G with text in both English and Swedish. The sustained melodic lines are often repeated and sometimes hummed to create an intimate atmosphere. Karkoff’s writing is entirely homophonic, which is traditional and lovely. This simple lullaby, sung by a returning prince at the side of his sleeping princess, transports the listener to a land of legend and dreams.