Like a Ring of Ripples (2012)

  • Instrumentation

    Flute, clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello, piano and percussion.

  • Year


  • First performance

    BIT20 Ensemble, Trond Madsen (con.)

    Logen Theater, Bergen, Norway.

While writing this piece I was thinking about the image of throwing a rock into the water and watching the ringlike waves it creates on the surface. We know that different rocks make different kinds of rings, and by throwing rocks of different sizes we learn that there is a correlation between the size of the rock and the rings it creates. These rules are also valid in Like a Ring of Ripples, but as the piece progress the idea becomes more abstract, and as we venture into new sonorities we lose track of what is the rock and what are the rings of waves.

The piece was selected to be performed through a call for scores by the Bergen-based group BIT20 Ensemble. Visual artist Birk Nygaard also contributed with some visual design for the premiere.

Half a year after the premiere the piece was performed in Malmö by the Swedish ensemble Mimitabu during UNM, a yearly festival for young nordic composers.

Recording from the premiere: