Fylgjur II (2016)
Fylgjur II consists of 3 short movements for piano, partially based on an older piece, Fylgjur, written in 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.
The piece was premiered by myself at the Composer's Festival in Amsterdam 2016.
List of performances
- Composer's Festival Amsterdam 2016
May 13, 2016 at 20:15
Orgelpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gísli Magnússon (pno)