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For string orchestra and soprano.
For violin and orchestra.
For 12 string players.
For 12 voices and a string trio, text by Anna Akhmatova (1889–1966).
An extract from the book by Halldór Laxness (1902–1998) put into music for soprano, mixed choir, chamber ensemble and harmonium.
For brass quintet.
For flute, violin, viola, cello, cembalo and soprano.
For flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, harp, percussion and soprano.
Cycle for soprano, harp and percussion in two parts. Text by Eiríkur Örn Norðdahl (b 1978).
Cycle about an Estonian island for different chamber ensembles in three parts.
For barytone saxophone and prepared piano.
A hymn for voice and organ. Text by Father Hjálmar Jónsson (b 1950), the archpriest of Reykjavík Dome Church.
A cycle for string quartet and soprano in six parts. Text by Sjón (b 1962).
For Soprano, baritone and mixed choir.
For mixed choir and organ.
For female choir.
For mixed choir and tubular bells.
Páll’s works have been chosen to international festivals such as Dark Music Days Iceland, The Icelandic Chamber Music Festival and Nordic Music Days in Reykjavík, Icelandic Music Days Amsterdam, Ung Nordisk Musik Helsinki, Estonian Music Days, Tartu Festival of Estonian Composers.
In addition to that his works have been performed at various concerts organised independently in Iceland, Estonia, Norway and in Berlin.
You can read about upcoming performances on my blog.
Konveier is a label that Páll and Tui Hirv run together, organising concerts of contemporary music and recording it for release. The focus is on promoting Icelandic and specifically Páll’s music. They have so far curated a concert of contemporary chamber music at Icelandic Music Day as well as Páll’s recital, both in Tallinn, 2011.
In 2008, Páll collaborated with Dagmar Kase, a visual artist, for Plektrum festival in Tallinn with an audio-visual piece Specious Present.
In 2006 Páll wrote music for Icecorp, a contemporary dance theatre group.
Páll has also made string arrangements for pop music.
Páll Ragnar Pálsson was born in 1977 in Reykjavík, Iceland. For most of his youth he played the guitar in a rock band called Maus. When Maus quit in 2004, he found his musical identity through electronic music studies that led into classical composition.
Páll graduated from Iceland Academy of Arts in 2007 and continued his studies in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre under the guidance of Helena Tulve. He graduated with a PhD in composition in 2014.
In spring 2013 Páll collaborated with Tallinn Chamber Orchestra on two occasions. Supremacy of Peace was commissioned and premiered at Estonian Music Days in Tallinn (conducted by Risto Joost) and From Shadow to Shadow at Estonian Composers Festival in Tartu.
Nostalgia for solo violin and orchestra was selected composition of the year 2014 at the Icelandic Music Awards.
At Dark Music Days 2014 Caput Ensemble, the main contemporary music ensemble in Iceland, had a recital with Páll's music.
Later in the same year Páll was composer in residence at Skálholt Summer Concerts where Hljómeyki chamber choir conducted by Marta Halldórsdóttir premiered his Song of Songs for soprano, baritone and mixed choir along with older choral works.
Maus realeased 6 albums along with playing around 300 concerts, most of them in Iceland but also in USA, France, Danmark, Sweeden, Czech and the UK.
Fræ recorded, mixed and released by themselves an album called "Eyðilegðu þig smá" in 2006.
Raxonpaxon is a duet with Ragnhildur Gísladóttir. Released one song, a cover of "fram og aftur blindgötuna" by Megas on a compilation album dedicated to his works.
You can read about my musical activities; upcoming concerts, what I am writing at the moment, new commissions, recordings, publications and any thoughts I might feel like sharing with you.