Dreaming

For orchestra
Duration 17:25 min.
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Premiered by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, January 14th 2010 in Reykjavík, Iceland, conducted by Bernharður Wilkinson.

Recipient of the Nordic Council Music Prize 2012:
"Dreaming opens the sphere of the symphony orchestra in an unusual and innovative way. … The music behaves like a shifting landscape, bringing an experience of chronological time to halt - like in dreams. … The tones are carefully depicted - almost like small pieces of embroidery. But the work is perhaps particularly unique by the way it achieves to build and unfold a large form within a sound world that apparently stands still." 
NCMP Adjudicating Committee

Release:
Released on Rhízōma, Anna’s debut portrait album, in October 2011, by Innova Recordings.

Program notes:

Nature
listen
flow free
individually
embrace
listen
Nature

A quiet soundworld is born from silence, the piece is born from the quiet. The music is in a single movement which from beginning to end embodies a flowing world of sound. The conductor becomes a part of the orchestra as his role and “performance” is at certain moments written in a different way than regular beating of time. After the development of a flowing interplay between the instruments, each performer gradually begins to perform individually so that the orchestra becomes an ensemble of soloistic events. The motionless presence of the conductor directs the piece in the end - his presence alone is enough to lead the orchestra and the piece into the infinite. Time is redundant. The cycle continues.

The inspiration is not in the form of recreating the soundworld or visual presentation already found in nature. It can rather be used as a tool to work with and measure proportions and natural progression.

In each chord there is a world of collective sounds where the small sound particles dissolve and create their own world. By attending to the various qualities of the sound the perception can be changed from one moment to the next.

-realization-