MELIA WATRAS: Vetur öngum lánar lið
for violin and viola (2017)
World Premiere: Yura Lee, violin; Melia Watras, viola; May 27, 2018, Seattle, WA
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 of the original version, that was written in 2016 as part of my Folk Style Project. I transcribed it for violin and viola the following year.