• Britta Byström
  • Gállábartnit (2015)

  • Edition Wilhelm Hansen Copenhagen (World)
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  • SATB
  • S,T,Narrator
  • 50 min

Programme Note

The libretto of Gállábartnit is very rich. It contains scenes from Sami everyday life (such as women cutting grass on the marsh), but also features fantastic mythological material (people being lifted to the sky like stars). I tried to capture this richness in the music. The women use their working tools as percussion instrument: the choir whispers and whistles; the percussionist plays vibraphone in one scene and swanee whistle in another; and a singer and two woodwinds are placed off stage. There were many different influences for this piece: traces of a Swedish hymn, a Bob Marley song, and parts from the Danish composer Per Nørgård's infinity series. Through all this, the music tells a beautiful story about a woman choosing the unknown.

© Britta Byström