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Soliloquy

for solo violin
6'
2008

Soliloquy is writtin for concertmaster Guđný Guđmundsdóttir for her birthday.

Premiere: Salurinn, March 27th 2008 at 8 pm. Guđný Guđmundsdóttir, violin.


Sonata

for guitar
2005

Sonata was written for guitarist Ogmundur Thor Johannesson, who premiered the piece at The Festival de Musique Provence –Islande on July 8th 2006.
Sonata consists of four movements: Toccata, Fugue, Air and Ballade.


Partita

2005
12'

Partita for piano was written for pianist Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir and dedicated to her. She premiered the piece at the Reykjavík Arts Festival in two solo recitals; in Laugaborg in Eyjafjörđur and in Ýmir, Reykjavík.
Partita is in five movements.

Premiere: May 22nd 2007, Laugaborg; Tinna Thorsteinsdóttir


Within the Circle

for solo guitar
2004

Within the Circle is written for Argentinean guitarist Sergio Puccini, who will premiere the piece at the Dark Music Days festival in Reykjavík on February 11th 2006. Within the Circle is in three movements.

Premiere: Dark Music Days, Nordic House, Reykjavík, February 11th, 2006; Sergio Puccini, guitar


Gradus ad Profundum

Double bass
2002
ca. 7'30''

Gradus ad Profundum was written for Ţórir Jóhannsson.

Premiere: Salurinn, February 26th 2002, Ţórir Jóhannsson, double bass


Spor

for alto flute
2000
ca. 12'

Spor for alto flute was written for flutist Guđrún S. Birgisdóttir, who premiered the piece at the Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum in Reykjavík in November 2000. The piece is in three movements. The first movement is built on very short motives, which are constantly changing. The second one is built on long singing melodies, which come to a stop now and then, and the third movement is a short scherzo.

Premiere: The Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum, November 19th 2000, Guđrún S. Birgisdóttir, flute


Flute Reel

for flute
1998
ca. 8'

Flute Reel consists of one continuous movement in which two different concepts alternate. The piece was written for Martial Nardeau.

Premiere: National Gallery of Iceland, April 19th 1998, Martial Nardeau flute

CD:
smk 13 Karólína Eiríksdóttir - Spil: Martial Nardeau, flute


Hugleiđing - Meditation

1996

Meditation for solo violin was written in 1996 for Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir who premiered the piece in the Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum in June 1997. Meditation is in one movement, built on ideas which change and develop, a kind of variations without a theme.

Premiere: June 24th 1997, Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir, violin at the Sigurjón Ólafsson Museum


Skýin - Clouds

for cello
1995
ca. 12'

Skýin - Clouds was written for cellist Gunnar Kvaran who premiered the piece at the Skálholt Summer Festival in 1997. Kvaran has performed Skýin widely since.
The composer makes use of the wide range and colours of the instrument. There are three movements. The first starts with a long melody in the upper range of the cello in which all the lines converge in a sharp. The second movement can be described as a kind of rondo, and the third one is fast and lively.


Premiere: Skálholt Summer Concerts, August 2nd 1997, Gunnar Kvaran, cello

CD:
smk 13 Karólína Eiríksdóttir - Spil: Gunnar Kvaran, cello


Spring verse - Vorvísa

for harpsichord
1991
cac. 11'30''

Spring verse was written for Helga Ingólfsdóttir who premiered the piece at the Summer Festival in Skálholt, July 13th 1991. Spring verse is in one movement.


Whence this calm? - Hvađan kemur logniđ?

for guitar
1990
ca. 13'

Whence this calm? was first performed by Einar Kristján Einarsson for whom it was written, during the Skálholt Summer Festival in 1990. In all four movements Karólína juxtaposes opposites: monophonic phrases against denser tones and equilibrium against turbulance.

CD:
smk 13 Karólína Eiríksdóttir - Spil: Einar Kristján Einarsson, guitar
EKE001: Einar Kristján Einarsson, guitar


Hringhenda

for clarinet
1989
ca. 18'

4 movements: 1. Prelude, 2. Rondo I, 3. Intermezzo, 4. Rondo II

Hringhenda was composed in 1989 for Einar Jóhannesson who premiered the piece in Sweden the same year. The Icelandic premiere took place at the Skálholt Summer Festival in 1991.
Hringhenda is in four movements: Prelude, Rondo I, Intermezzo and Rondo II. Rondo I and II are the longest movements and as the title indicates in a kind of a free rondo form. The other two movements are short meditations in a free form.


Rhapsody

for piano
1986
ca. 9'

Rhapsody was composed in 1986 and premiered by Guđríđur St. Sigurđardóttir
at the Summer Festival of Musica Nova in 1987, but Sigurđardóttir has subsequently played it both in Norway and the United States.

Premiere: Musica Nova at the Nordic House in Reykjavík, May 28th 1987; Guđríđur St. Sigurđardóttir, piano


CD:
ITM 7-01 Karólína Eiríksdóttir - Portrait: Guđríđur St. Sigurđardóttir,
piano


Finger Travels - Ferđalag fyrir fingur

1986

Finger Travels was written for Tinna Ţorsteinsdóttir who premiered the piece in Reykjavík at a music school concert in 1986. The piece is intended for piano students in approximately 5th grade.

Premiere: Music School Concert in Austurbćjarbíó, Reykjavík; May 3rd 1986, Tinna Ţorsteinsdóttir, piano


Eins konar Rondó - A Kind of Rondo

1984
7'30''

A Kind of Rondo was written in the summer of 1984 for Edda Erlendsdóttir who premiered the piece at an International Festival of Female Composers in Paris the same year.

Premiere: Centre G. Pompidou, Paris; Oct. 28th 1984, Edda Erlendsdóttir, piano

CD:
Classico CLASSCD 165 - Dance of the Bacchae: piano music from the Nordic countries - Elisabeth Klein, piano


In Vultu Solis

for violin
1980
ca. 6' 30''

In Vultu Solis was composed in 1980 for concertmaster Guđný Guđmundsdóttir who has played it on many occasions, both in Iceland, the other Nordic countries and the United States.
The piece can be discribed as a slow improvisation, but in the background is discernible some kind of logic. Certain units, or even some sort of elements, lead one to the other without being dictated by any planned rule.

ITM 5-02 Violin Music from Iceland, Guđný Guđmundsdóttir
ITM 7-01 Karólína Eiríksdóttir - Portrait: Guđný Guđmundsdóttir, fiđla