• Anna Thorvaldsdottir
  • METACOSMOS (2017)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Society with the generous support of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music.

Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic Society with the generous support of The Marie-Josée Kravis Prize for New Music. The first performance was given on 4th April 2018 at the Lincoln Center, New York City by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

  • 4(picc.afl).2+ca.3+bcl.4+cbn42223percstr
  • 14 min
    • 17th July 2020, Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN, United States
    • 3rd October 2020, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Antwerp, Belgium
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Programme Note

METACOSMOS is constructed around the natural balance between beauty and chaos – how elements can come together in (seemingly) utter chaos to create a unified, structured whole. The idea and inspiration behind the piece, which is connected as much to the human experience as to the universe, is the speculative metaphor of falling into a black hole – the unknown – with endless constellations and layers of opposing forces connecting and communicating with each other, expanding and contracting, projecting a struggle for power as the different sources pull on you and you realize that you are being drawn into a force that is beyond your control.

As with my music generally, the inspiration behind METACOSMOS is not something I am trying to describe through the piece - to me, the qualities of the music are first and foremost musical. When I am inspired by a particular element or quality, it is because I perceive it as musically interesting, and the qualities I tend to be inspired by are often structural, like proportion and flow, as well as relationships of balance between details within a larger structure, and how to move in perspective between the two — the details and the unity of the whole.

Programme note © 2017 Anna Thorvaldsdottir

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