for wind band / fyrir blásarasveit
2+pic. 2 4+ebcl. +bcl. 2 2 1 2+cbsn. / 4 3 3 bar. 1 / 3perc(timp.) / strb. (6’30)
Cold Shower was written for the premier concert of Reykjavik Wind Ensemble in January 1999. The roots of the piece stretch all the way to Oslo, Norway, where I participated in the Ung Nordisk Musik festival 1998. UNM is probably one of the best things that can happen to a young composer. Whole week filled with new music, interesting lectures, friends and beer. Everything a young composer needs. However, at the end of the festival I was getting a little bit tired of all the intelectual discussion about intervals, fractal- and spectral compositions. In the right moment one of my collegues handed me a CD with the German rockband Rammstein. Listening to few tracks of their music was like taking a cold shower, powerful as well as refreshing and made me want to listen to still another intresting concert at the Oslo festival.
Live recording of the premiere in Reykjavik 01/23/1999
Reykjavik Wind Ensemble – Kjartan Óskarsson conductor.