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Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Publisher: Chester Music

METACOSMOS (2017)
Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Society with the generous support of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music.
Work Notes
Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Society with the generous support of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music. The first performance was given on 4th April 2018 at the Lincoln Center, New York City by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Orchestra
Year Composed
2017
Duration
14 Minutes
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Programme Note
Anna Thorvaldsdottir METACOSMOS (2017)
Metacosmos is constructed around the natural balance between beauty and chaos — how elements can come together in (seemingly) utter chaos to create a unified, structured whole. The idea and inspiration behind the piece is the speculative metaphor of falling into a black hole – the unknown – with endless constellations and layers of opposing forces connecting and communicating with each other, expanding and contracting, projecting a struggle for power as the different sources pull on you and you realize that you are being drawn into a force that is beyond your control.

Programme note © 2017 Anna Thorvaldsdottir


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Performances
Date
Title
  • 24 JAN 2019
    METACOSMOS European Premiere
    Berlin, Germany
    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Alan Gilbert, conductor

    Other Dates:
    26,25 January - Berlin, Germany
  • 31 JAN 2019
    METACOSMOS Country Premiere
    Dark Music Days
    Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland
    Icelandic Symphony Orchestra
    Daniel Bjarnason , conductor
  • 01 FEB 2019
    METACOSMOS Country Premiere
    Concerto for Two Pianos Country Premiere
    Musica Nova Helsinki
    Musiikkitalo Concert Hall, Helsinki, Finland
    Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
    Katia and Marielle Labèque, piano; Peter Rundel, conductor

Reviews
Written for a large orchestra and taking full advantage of various timbral colorings, Metacosmos is an eerie, atmospheric piece, from its Rheingold-evoking initial pianissimo to a finale that might be considered serene if it wasn’t for all the equivocal harmonies one can perceive. Cues in this musical tapestry, superbly laid out by Salonen, are almost seamlessly passed from one group of instruments to another. Growing tensions between strings, winds and percussion take the listener on a voyage imbued with amazement but also angst…. In Metacosmos, Thorvaldsdóttir proves again to be an artist of deep originality.
Edward Sava-Segal, Bachtrack,06/04/2018
Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Metacosmos made a powerful impression in its debut performance, evoking an enormous vista of space and time in a 12-minute span with broad, artfully blended strokes of orchestral color.
David Wright, New York Classical Review,05/04/2018
The title “Metacosmos” is meant to evoke a “place beyond,” Ms. Thorvaldsdottir said from the stage. The music takes us on a journey to this realm, where we are drawn by a force beyond our control, amid a power struggle “between chaos and beauty.” That description suggested amorphous music. But I was captivated by the intricacy of the sounds and colors. Ms. Thorvaldsdottir did indeed take us on a dark journey, episodic yet clear.
Anthony Tommasini, New York Times,05/04/2018
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