ÓRNES CARVINGS (2020) - for solo violoncello

Premiere: Sibelius Academy Creative Dialogue Online Workshop


Duration:  ca. 2'30"


Program Note:

Órnes Carvings was remotely composed and workshopped during the Sibelius Academy Creative Dialogue 2020 for cellists Coleman Itzkoff and Shulamit Sarid. It is inspired by the ancient carvings on Urnes (formerly Órnes) Stave Church on the Sognefjord in Norway. The music takes the rhythmic pattern from Norwegian pols and springleik music, which has a three-beat pattern with a stretched middle beat, as well as prominently featuring the “neutral”/ “blue” third found in Norwegian music. In that sense, the piece reimagines

the cello as a big Hardanger fiddle.