Stemma (Rhyme) (1997) for ensemble. 9 minutes.
First performance: Reykjavík 1999, Caput Ensemble, Gudmundur Óli Gunnarsson.
Stemma is based on an Icelandic folksong. It is a relatively fast and chromatic song with rhythmic complexity. Very untypical indeed, since a lot of Icelandic folkmusic is slow and melancolic. Fragments from the song are repeated and strecthed both horizontally and vertically to the extent that they become unrecognizable.
Listen to excerpt: