Nastrond I

for violin and one percussion player

Jeffrey Holmes

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for violin and one percussion player

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Composer Jeffrey Holmes

Year of Composition




ca. 11'

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Catalogue ID ce-jh1n1


Nastrond I (2005) is the first in a series of tone-poems that each depict a different regionof the Scandinavian mythological underworld. These three chamber works all share motivic themes, rhythmic cycles, and large-scale forms. Nastrond contains a wide variety of textures, timbres, and musical events, culminating in a dramatic and virtuosic climax. Programmatically, Nastrond depicts the shore of corpses, the place of bitter cold and unending night, that is as vile as it is vast; all its doors will face north. Its walls and roof will be made of wattled snakes, their heads facing inward, blowing so much poison that it runs in rivers. This tone-poem consists of three sections, each with a programmatic designation:

1. The Sea
2. The Shore
3. The River