Eiríksdóttir, Karólína

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Eiríksdóttir, Karólína

Eiríksdóttir, Karólína, Icelandic composer; b. Reykjavík, Jan. 10, 1951. She studied composition with Thorkell Sigurbjornsson at the Reykjavík Coll. of Music and with George Wilson and William Albright at the Univ. of Mich. (M.M., 1978); taught at the Kopavogur School of Music and the Reykjavík Coll. of Music. In 1985 she received an Icelandic Artists’ Grant. Her music is stark and austere, laden with northern Romanticism.


DRAMATIC Someone I Have Seen, chamber opera (1988); Madur Lifandi, chamber opera (1999). ORCH.: Notes (1978; Ann Arbor, Mich., March 1, 1979); Sonans (Reykjavík, Oct. 15, 1981); 5 Pieces for Chamber Orch. (Reykjavík, April 30, 1983); Sinfonietta (Reykjavík, Nov. 3, 1985); Rhapsody for Chamber Orch. (1990); Klifur (1991); Clarinet Concerto (1994). CHAMBER : JVP for Flute, Violin, and Cello (1977); Nabulations for 2 Flutes, 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones, 2 Percussion, Violin, and Double Bass (1978); Fragments for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Harp, Percussion, Violin, Viola, and Cello (1979); In vultus soils for Violin (1980); Ylir for Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, and Harpsichord (1981); The Blue Maid for Clarinet, Violin, and Piano (1983); 6 Movements for String Quartet (1983); Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1987); Hringhenda for Clarinet (1989); Whence This Calm? for Guitar (1990); Mutanza for Wind Quintet and Harpsichord (1991); Spring Verse for Harpsichord (1991); Spil for 2 Flutists (1993); Hugleiding for Violin (1996); Miniatures for Clarinet, Violin, and Cello (1999). Piano : A Kind of Rondo (1984); Finger Travels (1986); Rhapsody (1986). VOCAL: 6 Poems from the Japanese for Mezzo-soprano, Flute, and Cello (1977); Some Days for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Cello, and Piano (1982; also for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, Cello, Guitar, and Harpsichord, 1991); 2 Miniatures for Chorus (1983); Land Possessed by Poems for Baritone and Piano (1987); Ungadei for Chorus (1991); Winter for Chorus (1991); Sumir Dagar for Soprano and 5 Instruments (1991); Na Carenza for Mezzo-soprano and Oboe (1993); Sjdvarsteinn for Baritone and Piano (1996); Tjaldurinn for Soprano and Piano (1997).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire