Composed for Egil Magnussen whom I studied with for three years. In the piece I try to combine all ideas invented. I use previous themes as counter parts to the new and the form of the piece evolves like a one part counter point. The title has to do with pollution. This was composed when the first serious waringings about climate changes were published, and only four years after Chernobyl..
(1998) Tubakvartett i tre satser «Pas de quatre» (Dans for fire), «Meditation» og «The Tuba shall sound». Det var obligatorisk verk i finalen i International Tuba-Euphonium Association «Quartet Competition» 2001. Efflorescent ble komponert for kvartetten Tubalaté, med støtte fra Komponistenes Vederlagsfond (Composers´Remuneration Fund).
Block ble komponert til Arctic Tuba Quartet da de besøkte den internasjonale tuba- og euphoniumkonferansen i Linz i Østerrike, i 2012. Stykket er en enkel sats som blandt annet utforsker blokkharmonisering, en enkel og effektiv satsteknikk, som klinger fascinerende med store instrument i lav register. Det er óg noe av tubakvartetten sin egenart: Få ensembler kan, eller kanskje ingen ensembler, forme slike massive klangblokker.
A mini-concerto for euphonium and brass quintet. The idea for the instrumentation came from a concert I heard in Manchester in 2010. The English Euphonium virtuoso David Thornton did a recital with brass quintet that I found very interesting. A fascintating combination of instruments.
The Euphonium player Katrine Delp commissioned me a piece for her final exam in 2010. I started off with a few simple rhythmic ideas and combined them with a few intervals I wanted to focus on. The rest was basically like playing with Lego®.
The overall form, A-B-A, is very common for a concerto. The middle section is slow, almost a blues at times, the outer sections are lively and rhythmic and share the same material.
Composed in 2004-05. Cantilena II - Mountain Song is scored for euphonium (solo) and small wind ensemble: Flute, Alto Flute, Oboe, Eb Clarinet, 3 Bb Clarinets, Bb Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bassoon, F Horn and Vibraphone. Dur: 10:00.
The piece isa part of a cycle of works exploring different aspects of lyric music played by brass instrument. Not only a singing solo line, but also how the whole ensemble can "sing" with the soloist. In Mountain Song the surrounding support from the group of wind instruments, almost echoing the Euphonium, as if the soloist were playing in a mountain scenery gaining echo as a result.
Arctic Pastorale and Dance is a duo for Euphonium and Tuba written for Tormod Flaten and Eirik Gjerdevik in 2016. The piece was first performed at the International Tuba and Euphonium Conference in Knoxville, Tennessee (USA) the same year.
I have always been fond of the sound of low brass instruments. The richness in timbre and the great ambitus is really inspiring, still there is so much more to discover. In Arctic Pastorale and Dance I explore colours and combination of sounds by using the extreme span in register of the two instruments. The technique used could be described as something between a two voice countepoint and heterphony.
In many of my pieces I refer to nature. Arctic Pastorale and Dance is no exeption in that matter. I spent most of my childhood in the Lofot islands where nature is very present. So it is very natural for me to explore this in a creative way.
Pastorale is a form of music that originally is not connected the the arctic area at all. This pastorale has to be different than what one expect. During the summer when the sun never set and the light is spectacular twentyfour seven it brings life and energy beyound belief. This pastorale is hymn-like, like an adoration.
The dance is also not what it is expected to be. The triplets could suggest something like a tarantella, but it is not. This dance is not a human. It is the forces of nature whirling. So much energy, so much danger, so much joy.
Commissioned by David Thornton in 2009 with support from The Norwegian Composers Fund. First performed by Thornton and Black Dyke Band conducted by Nick Childs at the RNCM Festival of Brass in Manchester, England, the 22nd of January 2010. Norwegian premiere at BrassWind Festival in Bergem 24th of September 2010 in Johannes Church, Bergen, with David Thornton, Manger Musikklag, St. Sunniva Singers (females), Peter Szilvay conducting.