Skíma – (Gleam) concerto for two double basses and orchestra (2002) 17 minutes.
First performance: Reykjavik 2004, Hávardur Tryggvason and Valur Pálsson double basses, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki.
Instrumentation: 188.8.131.52.-0.3.3.0.-perc(3)-hrp-2 solo Db-strings (no double basses).
Skíma (a faint gleam of light) has two movements. Tenebroso, a dark and somber movement where the double basses alternately play descending lines and aggressive deep sul pont. notes. And Animato, faster and lighter movement where the music is dominated by ascending figures and bright colors. The piece was slightly revised in 2004 for the BIS recording.
Recording: BIS-CD-1419 Hávarður Tryggvason and Valur Pálsson double basses, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Bernharður Wilkinson.
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