Salme til Isdronningen (2011)
Hymn to the Ice Queen
concerto for cello and orchestra
Odense Symfoni Orkester
Svend Winsløv, cello
Christian Eggen, dirigent
My cello concerto is dedicated to my Father who brought me in the summer 1996 on an unforgettable journey to Spitzbergen. On these rugged islands right under the North Pole, nature and culture clash in an amazing way. Everything must respect the extreme climatic conditions: permafrost, winter temperatures below -40˚C, no sunlight from October until March.
Spitzbergen has been a challenge for adventurers and arctic expeditions during centuries. Several locations bear witness of man's fight against the ruthless nature. Deserted ghost villages where small groups of gold diggers once sought happiness, rotten tree crosses by an inlet where a couple of hunters finally gave up, debris from shipwrecks.
Are you staying outside on an August night with the midnight sun shedding a magic, unreal light over the Advent Fiord, you can almost hear the echoes of these ruined fates and broken dreams. From the dark deep of the Ice Sea, from the left coal mines, from glaciers and caves you sense the solemn sound of the hymn to Spitzbergens cruel, beautyful Ice Queen.
Published by Edition S