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Blíđa

for chamber choir
text: Milton/Icel. translation by Jon Thorlaksson
from Paradise Lost
2009

Blíđa was written for the chamber choir Hymnodia for their concerts in Switzerland in September 2009.

Premiere: Ruduborg in Reykjavík, Hymnodia, conductor Eythor Ingi Jonsson, September 8th 2009


The Caregivers

soprano, oboe and women's choir
14'

The Caregivers is written in cooperation with visual artists Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson.

Music video. 14 mint / color / sound / language English / subtitles English and Italian

The music-video Caregivers portrays two migrant care-givers from Ukraine and Romania and their (elderly) clients in their relationship and daily work in the area of Rovereto. The work combines visual arts, journalism and classical contemporary music. It ́s structure is conceived roughly as a (pop)music video intertwined with documentary and home-video portrayal, juxtaposing the video images with a newspaper article which has been turned into a classical-contemporary music piece.
The writer is a young Italian-American journalist Davide Berretta.
Premiere:
THE EUROPEAN BIENNIAL
OF CONTEMPORARY ART
TRENTINO – SOUTH TYROL, ITALY
19 JULY – 2 NOVEMBER 2008
The music is recorded in Iceland and performed by soprano Ingibjörg Guđjónsdóttir, oboe player Matthías Nardeau and the Women's Choir of Garđabćr.


The Icelandic Constitution

for soprano, baritone, piano, double bass and mixed choir.
40'
2008

This is a joint production of the visual art duo Libia Castro and Ólafur Ólafsson and Karólína Eiríksdóttir.

Premiere: Ketilhúsiđ in Akureyri on March 15th 2008, at 2 pm. Ingibjörg Guđjónsdóttir, soprano, Bergţór Pálsson, baritone, Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir, pianist, Gunnlaugur Torfi Stefánsson, bass player and the chamber choir Hymnodia directed by Eyţór Ingi Jónsson.

The performance is a part of the Art exhibition Bye-bye Iceland, which opens the same day at the Akureyri Art Museum.


Christmas Song

For mixed choir
2002
Text by rev. Gunnar Pálsson

This Christmas Carol was commissioned by the Icelandic State Broadcasting Service for a premiere in the Church of Hallgrímur in Reykjavík on December 22nd 2002, performed by the Motet Choir and its conductor Hörđur Áskelsson. The Radio premiere was on Christmas Day the same year. The text is from an old Icelandic manuscript.


Ađ iđka gott til ćru - Prizing Virtue

Mezzosoprano, oboe, vla.,, vlc.,, harps. and mixed choir
2001
ca. 13'

"Prizing Virtue" was written by commission from the Skálholt Summer Festival for mezzosoprano Ásgerđur Júníusdóttir, a chamber choir and four instruments. There are three movements, each built on material from tunes from old Icelandic manuscripts. The composer uses various compositional methods, both modern and traditional.

Premiere: Skalholt Summer Concerts Festival, July 14th 2001, Ásgerđur Júníusdóttir, mezzosoprano, Peter Tompkins, oboe, Jónína Auđur Hilmarsdóttir, viola, Sigurđur Bjarki Gunnarsson, cello, Helga Ingólfsdóttir, harpsichord, Suđurland Chamber Choir, dir. Hilmar Örn Agnarsson

The premiere took place at the Skálholt Summer Festial in July, 2001.


Úr árstíđasöngli

For female choir
1999
Text: Steinunn Sigurđardóttir


Vetur - Winter

for mixed choir1991
Text by Vilborg Dagbjartsdóttr

Dedicated to Ţorgerđur Ingólfsdóttir and the Choir of Menntaskólinn viđ Hamrahlíđ. Premiered at a graduation seremony at the Hamrahlíđ College.

CD:
2002 - Vorkvćđi um Ísland
Hamrahlíđarkórinn. Stjórnandi: Ţorgerđur Ingólfsdóttir. Íslensk
kórtónlist.

Smekkleysa. (SMK22)


Ungćđi

for mixed coir
1991
Text by Sigurđur Pálsson

Dedicated to Tinna Ţorsteinsdóttir and Ţorgerđur Ingólfsdóttir. Premiered at a graduation seremony at the Hamrahlíđ College.

CD:
2002 - Vorkvćđi um Ísland
Hamrahlíđarkórinn. Stjórnandi: Ţorgerđur Ingólfsdóttir. Íslensk
kórtónlist.

Smekkleysa. (SMK22)


Tvö smálög fyrir kór (Two Miniatures for choir)

for mixed choir
1983

Tvö smálög fyrir kór (Two Miniatures for choir) were written for the the University of Iceland Choir and its conductor Hjálmar H. Ragnarsson in January, 1983. The choir premiered the piece shortly afterwards in Reykjavík and took it on a tour to the Soviet Union the same year. The Miniaturese are built on very sparse material, short motives and a few chords. They are sung without text.