MELIA WATRAS: Vetur öngum lánar lið
for violin and viola (2017)
 Photo courtesy of Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir

Photo courtesy of Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir


World Premiere: Yura Lee, violin; Melia Watras, viola; May 27, 2018, Seattle, WA

Duration: 3:00

Program Notes:
Vetur öngum lánar lið for violin and viola is an adaptation of my piece for voice and cello, written for my colleague and close friend, cellist Sæunn Thorsteinsdóttir. The title (English translation: Winter aids no one) comes from a poem written by Sæunn’s great-grandfather, Bjarni Jónsson. That poem and an additional Jónsson work, Ævidansinn (The Dance of a Lifetime) provided the text for the music. The piece was originally written in 2016 as part of my Folk Style Project, and transcribed the following year.

—Melia Watras