My Swedish Connection:
had barely heard of Sweden before I went there as an exchange
student in 1977, but I quickly felt comfortable and at home there.
I fell in love with the country, the people, the folk traditions
and the music. Since then, I have deepened my connection with
Sweden in many ways. In the personal realm, I married a Swedish
man 17 years ago. We return to Sweden regularly and often speak
Swedish at home. In terms of my professional development, I earned
an M.A. in Scandinavian Literature from the University of Wisconsin
- Madison in 1989. While a student there, I taught Swedish language
and literature. I specialize in the songs of Evert Taube (1890-1976),
and have made several trips to Sweden to do research on his life
and work. My desire to share Taube's songs with American audiences
led me to begin translating them into English, and I have benefited
immeasurably from my participation in two translation seminars.
In 1999, I recorded and released A
Talk While Dancing, a collection of my acclaimed translations
of Taube's songs. I sing my Swedish repertoire and lecture on
Swedish music and translation in both the United States and Scandinavia.
My Swedish Repertoire:
have an extensive repertoire of Swedish folk and troubadour songs.
My sensitivity to lyrics makes me a good match for these songs,
from Carl-Michael Bellman's pastorals and spirited depictions
of life amid the down-and-out in 18th-century Stockholm, to Birger
Sjöberg's ironic songs of small-town life at the beginning
of the 20th century, to Evert Taube's broad repertoire of sailor
songs, ballads, depictions of Sweden and exquisite lyrical love
am fully fluent in Swedish, and offer my programs in in Swedish,
English, or a combination, according to the needs of the audience.
Sailor Songs to Lyrical Love Poetry:
Emily Melcher Sings Evert Taube"
of Taube's songs with brief commentary on Taube's life and work
Evert Taube: A Singer's Perspective"
Performance of central works from Evert Taube's repertoire,
with illustrations of the art and craft of translating songs from
Swedish to English
Folk and Troubadour Songs"
with brief background of a variety of Swedish folk and troubadour
with brief background of songs by Sweden's 3 great troubadours:
Carl-Michael Bellman, Birger Sjöberg, and Evert Taube