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Haflidi Hallgrímsson

Publisher: Chester Music

Ríma (1994),
commissioned by the Olympics Committe for the 1994 Winter Olympics
Text Writer
Michaelangelo
Publisher
Chester Music Ltd
Category
Soloist(s) and Orchestra
Year Composed
1994
Duration
20 Minutes
Soloist
soprano
Orchestration
Programme Note
'Ríma' was commissioned by the Lillehammer Olympic Organising Committee (LOOC) for the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra and Ragnhild Heiland Sorensen.

The title Ríma, literally meaning rhyme, derives from the title of the book: Rimi de Michelangelo Buonarroti, which contains the sonnet I have chosen.

In composing 'Ríma', as well as ‘illustrating’ the poem in music, I entered in my imagination, the imagined dream of the old Michelangelo, trying to be profoundly awake, yet dreaming in music, so to speak.

The work is predominantly slow and distant, giving the soprano-line for most part, a spacious and dreamlike harmonic framework within which to move. A solo cello plays an important role, and at one stage, joins the soprano in a long unison passage. Repeated semitonal fragments in the violin develop into a big climax; the blows of the hammer, the splintering marble, the chisel, the obsessive desire for eternal life through art. The despair and final solace and peace in sleep, in death, "the great friend of mankind", as Mozart put it.

Ríma ends quietly, with a ghostly flickering, into remnants of a dream evaporating?

© Haflidi Hallgrímsson

  • Ensemble
    Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra
    Soloist(s)
    Ragnhild Heiland S¢rensen (soprano), Pórunn Osk Marinósdóttor (viola), Thorleif Thedéen (cello)
    Conductor
    Bernharour Wilkinson
    Smekkleysa:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 13 JAN 2002
    Listasafn Islands, Iceland
    Kammersveit Reykjavíkur
    Thorleif Thedéen, cello / Ragnhild H. Sörensen, soprano / Thórunn Marinósdóttir, viola; Bernharour Wilkinson, conductor

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