Publisher: Chester Music
Commissioned by Los Angeles Philharmonic
Percussion (1 player): Metal pipe, Woodblock, Bass drum
St. Rose Music Publishing
Large Ensemble (7 or more players)
Tvísöngur is a specific type of Icelandic two-part singing found both in manuscripts and in oral traditions. Some of the tradition seems, like much early music, to stem from an exercise in voice-leading, and other examples are more social, impromptu, and secular. These arrangements attempt to frame the tradition through orchestration and wildly shifting contexts, lighting effects, and textures.
Nico Muhly 2012
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