Fylgjur (2013)

Fylgjur was written for and premiered by Duo Harpverk and Gunnhildur Daðadóttir in April 2013.

The Icelandic word fylgja (plural: fylgjur) can have several meanings. Most literally it means “someone or something that follows”. It is also used when referring to the afterbirth of a child. In Norse mythology fylgja is a supernatural being or creature that accompanies a person in connection to their fate or fortune, not unlike the Irish fetch or the German doppelgänger. Fylgjur usually appear in the form of animals and they commonly appear during sleep, but the sagas relate that they could appear while a person is awake as well, and that seeing one's fylgja is an omen of one's impending death. However, when fylgjur appear in the form of women, they are then supposedly guardian spirits for people or clans.

LIST OF PERFORMANCES

  1. Duo Harpverk & Elektra Ensemble
    Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 2o:00
    Kjarvalsstaðir - Reykjavík Art Museum, Iceland
    Gunnhildur Daðadóttir (vln) & Duo Harpverk

  2. Duo Harpverk & guests at Rosenberg
    Cafe Rosenberg, Reykjavík, Iceland
    Monday, September 9, 2013 at 21:00

    Gunnhildur Daðadóttir (vln) & Duo Harpverk