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Thurídur Jónsdóttir

Thurídur Jónsdóttir (Foto: Stephan Stephensen)  

Thurídur Jónsdóttir (IS) – Eine Bagatelle

Thuridur Jónsdóttir about her piano piece “Eine Bagatelle”:

“I looked in my flute repertoir and picked up a little arpeggio from Themes and Variations op 107, Air Russe no.7 for flute (violin) and piano.  I took this simple, characteristic figure out of its formal/rhetorical role as a break-up or bridge between variations in the classic Beethovian language. I dismantled the figure and allowed it to reproduce, though without mutating. Each note turned into countless beads that were rearranged arithmetically according to a specific pattern in time and colour. The outcome is this mosaic image in honour of the Master.”

“Eine Bagatelle” – in concert:

Thuridur Jónsdóttir (*1967)

Composer and flutist Thuridur Jónsdóttir has a considerable output of both orchestral and chamber music. The concert experience, comprising the acoustics of the concert hall, has often been a primary concern for her. This concern is reflected in different ways in the works, e.g. by the use of electronic sounds or multimedia, theatrical elements, field recordings or through audience participation. Her works are often developed in close collaboration with the performer but at the same time informed by a firm conceptual basis and a resulting preparatory phase of reflection where the sound, energy and rhythms of the work are forged, the outcome often being technically demanding but clear. Thuridur studied composition in Italy but is now based in Reykjavík where she has dedicated her self to composition, flute playing and musical instruction.