Sculptures of Ice

composition for solo piano, 2016

The title of the work can be literally understood as referring to artificially carved ice sculptures, or to natural sculptures of the kind found in nature: ice formations, patterns of ice feathers, and rime. At the same time, the piece is constructed of abstract musical "sculptures" rather than melodies and rhythm. The piece aim to depict sharp edges, but calm and beautiful structures, and the mirroring and play of light, in the sounds of the piano.

The notelengths are not exactly defined. This gives the performer great freedom in the shaping of the phrases, and I like that a performer in this way is creatively shaping the music. The rhythms should sound slightly jagged, but the phrases have a natural arch and should breath.

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"Sculptures of Ice" (excerpt), performed by Karstein Djupdal