Hrafnsöngvar : a tone poem on seven texts by Hrafn Andrés Hardarson
by Rosalind Page (2001)
Also known as: Ravensongs
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Instrumentation: Soprano, piano, harp, celeste (doubling Nord Lead 3 synthesiser, optional), cello.
Duration: 23 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.
Contents note: 1. Í upphafi (In the beginning) -- 2. Morgunn (Morning) -- 3. Fuglar himins (Birds of heaven) -- 4. LÍfiÐ sjÁlft (Life itself) -- 5. SpÁ¡ (Prophecy) -- 6. Perluregn (Rain of pearls) -- 7. Ó FrÓn, pÍn mÓÐir (O, FrÓn (Iceland), your mother).
Dedication note: "Intermezzi 1 and 2 are dedicated to the memory of Porhallur Arnason, grandfather of the poet and the first cellist in Icelend".
First performance: by Halcyon — Oct 05. 'Tone Birds' concert, Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Texts derived from the collection 'Tónmyndaljod' ('Tone picture poems')), by Hrafn Hardason.
Cycle of seven songs and two cello intermezzi.
Revised September 2005.
- In the form/style of: Song Cycles
Performances of this work
18 Jan 2015: at Sine & Syrinx (St Bede's Anglican Church, Drummoyne).
Oct 05: 'Tone Birds' concert, Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Featuring Halcyon.
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A tone poem of 7 songs with 2 instrumental intermezzi, with poetry by Hrafn Andres Hardarson evokes, in the composer's words, "an ornithological cosmos, filled with the symbolism of flight". Singing the work is rather like following the flight path of a high-soaring bird as it swoops, glides and plunges its way through the skies of Iceland, resting only to contemplate the view. The cycle is definitely for a high soprano with a facility for acrobatic movement and nerves of steel. The music is at times ominous, then delicious and every line is beautifully woven to suit the instrument.