Annual Ring (1994) for ensemble. 15 minutes.
Árhringur was commissioned by the North Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and premiered in March 1994 with Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson conducting. The version for chamber orchestra was made in 1994 for the Caput Ensemble. Annual Ring is a cyclical work which utilizes the same chordal progression in ever changing light. Its four movements can be viewed as mirroring the seasons; almost dance-like summer, autumn with decending lines, tremoring winter and spring which gradually brightens up. Movements II and III are connected by a cello-solo where the cellist quite often breaks a string.
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