Music for CALMUS


1. Monetta for violin and piano
Sigrún Eðvaldsdóttir, violin
Snorri Sigfus Birgisson, piano

2.ThriThraut for clarinet-trio

3. Erasure for orchestra
Icelandic Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Horia Andrescu

4. Nonet for chamber orchestra
Camerarctica chamber orchestra

5. Calculus for solo flute
Martial Nardeau flute


Monetta for violin and piano is the latest piece on the disk composed with CALMUS. It was completed in 1997 and recorded in 1998 by Sigrun Edvaldsdottir and Snorri Sigfus Birgisson. It was selected to be performed at the Nordic Music Days festival in Stockholm in 1998.


ThriThraut was composed in 1993 by the request of the Icelandic clarinet trio Chalumeaux. The instrument range of the piece is from Basset horn up to Eb clarinet. The piece was first performed in June 1993, by the Chalumeaux-Trioand recorded in 1994 for the National Radio in Iceland.


Erasure for orchestra was composed in 1992 and revised 1996. It was first performed in 1993 by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra in Reykjavík and the Finnish conductor Osmo Vanska. This is the 2nd piece composed with CALMUS. The new compositional tasks for the program included polyphony structure and relation and development of musical objects. It was later re-composed in 1996 and recorded by he Icelandic Symphony Orchestra with Horia Andreescu from Rumania conducting.


Nonet (1995) for chamber orchestra was composed using the compositional program CALMUS. In the piece, new algorithmic functions are utilized that take as an input, material structured not unlike raw material of older styles. The piece was first performed by theCamerarctica chamber orchestra on the Nordic music days festival in Reykjavík 1996 with Bernard Wilkinson conducting.


Calculus (1990) for solo flute was commissioned by the Society of Icelandic Composers for Manuela Wiesler. It was first performed in Dark music Daysin Reykjavík 1991. This is the first piece ever composed with the help from CALMUS. The basic material for the piece such as pitch, duration, starting time points (attack) and general melodic development, is constructed and controlled with the program.


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