The World of Women in Classical Music

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CHAPTER FIVE
PART C

Other International Composers

Three countries whose names, coincidentally, all begin with "I," do not fall into either Western or Eastern Europe, but have their own representation in women composers.


ICELAND

Karolina Eiriksdottir

KARÓLÍNA EIRÍKSDÓTTIR, born January 10, 1951, in Reykjavík, majored in piano at the Reykjavik College of Music and took composition with Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson, continuing her studies at the University of Michigan with George Wilson and William Albright, where she earned two masters degrees: composition, and music history and musicology. Since 1979, she has been active in her country's music as a composer and teacher—theory and composition— at the Reykjavik College of Music. She was chairman of the board of the Iceland Music Information Centre (1983–88), where her manuscripts are housed, and on the board of the Society of Icelandic Composers (1988–91), and again (1995–98). 2003 found her continuing on the board of the Icelandic Academy of the Arts.

Her works are heard throughout the world. The orchestral piece Sónans was performed at the opening of Scandinavia Today in Washington, DC (1980). In 1985, Sinfonietta was commissioned by Icelandic Television for the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, and in 1988 the opera Någon har jag sett (I have seen someone) was performed in Reykjavik, London and Sweden. Other works include In Vultu Solis (1980) for violin, Trio (1986), Rhapsody (1986) for piano, Five Pieces for Chamber Orchestra (1986), Land Possessed by Poems (1987) and Someone I Have Seen, performed in Greifswald, Germany, among other venues. 1990s commissions and premieres are Three Paragraphs (1993) for orchestra, at the Stockholm New Music festival, a clarinet concerto (1996), by the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, a cello solo at the Skálholt Summer Festival (1997), and performances by the BBC Scottish Symphony (Glasgow), Arditti String Quartet (London), Icelandic Sinfonietta at Kennedy Center, Nordic Music Days, Kuhmo Festival (Finland), Dark Music Days (Iceland) and electroacoustic festivals in Sweden and Iceland.

Many of her compositions have been recorded by the Iceland Symphony and Iceland State Broadcasting Service. Portrait is a seventy-three minute CD collection, ranging from her solo violin piece, In Vultu Solis, to the orchestral Sinfonietta. A second CD, entitled Spil, was released in 1999, containing Flautuspil (Flute Reel) for solo flute, Skýin (Clouds) for solo cello, Hva∂an kemur logni∂ (Whence this calm?) for solo guitar, Spil (Jouissance) for two flutes, Heimkynni vi∂ sjó (Living by the Sea), a song cycle for soprano and piano. Other works include Saxophone Quartet, commissioned by Nomus and the Stockholm Saxophone Quartet, the chamber opera Madur lifandi (Man Alive), staged in 1999 in Reykjavíík, and Toccata for orchestra, performed October 1999 at Berlin Philharmonie Hall by the Nordic Orchestra at the inauguration of the Nordic Embassies. In 2001, her Guitar Concerto was premiered in Santa Fé, Argentina, the same year she was composer in residence at the Skálholt Summer Festival in Iceland which featured the premiere of her A∂i∂ka gott til æru (Prizing Virtue). In 2002 Höfu∂stafir (Main Staves),

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Dedication iii
  • Other Books by Anne K. Gray iv
  • Table of Contents v
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction xi
  • Chapter One 3
  • Chapter Two 19
  • Chapter Three 28
  • Chapter Four - Part A 47
  • Chapter Four: Part B 73
  • Chapter Five: Part A 99
  • Chapter Five: Part B 119
  • Chapter Five: Part C 150
  • Chapter Five: Part D 159
  • Chapter Five: Part E 169
  • Chapter Six 179
  • Chapter Seven 185
  • Chapter Eight 205
  • Chapter Nine - Part A 217
  • Chapter Nine - Part B 236
  • Chapter Ten 292
  • Chapter Eleven - Part A 301
  • Chapter Eleven - Part B 315
  • Chapter Eleven - Part C 364
  • Chapter Eleven - Part D 377
  • Chapter Eleven - Part E 386
  • Chapter Eleven - Part F 415
  • Chapter Twelve - Part A 422
  • Chapter Twelve - Part B 474
  • Chapter Twelve - Part C 482
  • Chapter Twelve - Part D 512
  • Chapter Twelve - Part E 528
  • Chapter Twelve - Part F 532
  • Chapter Twelve - Part G 566
  • Chapter Twelve - Part H 583
  • Chapter Twelve - Part I 604
  • Chapter Twelve - Part J 608
  • Chapter Twelve - Part K 614
  • Chapter Twelve - Part L 672
  • Chapter Twelve - Part M 695
  • Chapter Thirteen - Part A 699
  • Chapter Thirteen - Part B 715
  • Chapter Thirteen - Part C 736
  • Chapter Thirteen - Part D 750
  • Chapter Thirteen - Part E 791
  • Chapter Thirteen - Part F 805
  • Chapter Thirteen - Part G 819
  • Chapter Fourteen - Part A 830
  • Chapter Fourteen - Part B 870
  • Chapter Fifteen - Part A 898
  • Chapter Fifteen - Part B 921
  • Chapter Fifteen - Part C 937
  • Chapter Fifteen - Part D 943
  • Chapter Fifteen - Part E 949
  • Chapter Sixteen 957
  • Chapter Seventeen 976
  • Afterword 999
  • Appendix 1002
  • Abbrevations 1007
  • Bibliography 1010
  • Selected Discography 1015
  • Photo Credits 1020
  • Author's Biography 1031
  • Index 1033
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