Hear music created by a cyclical approach to composition: some of it driven by technology, whereby layering, looping, or overdubbing are used to fit patterns against one another.  Listen to works from Icelandic composer and violinist of amiina Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttircommissioned by the group Nordic Affect, who play modern music on baroque instruments.  Hear Sigfúsdóttir’s  “Clockworking,” which is about musical patterns set in motion, all built of recorded sounds of harpsichord, and period violin, viola & cello, which then stack up in cyclical hypnotic fashion.  

There’s also music from the second half of Arvo Pärt’s “Tabula Rasa,” an exercise in cycles being lengthened. The glacial pace of the work is a gradually unfolding musical process, where strings are extended and augmented each time through the pattern, then punctuated by prepared piano.  Plus, hear a work by young English composer Jon Opstad inspired by "Tabula Rasa," and music from the late Michael Galasso’s “Scenes.”


PROGRAM #3754– Cycling music (First aired on 07/23/2015)             





Michael Galasso


Scene 6 [6:00]

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Nordic Affect


Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir: Clockworking [7:32]

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Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Saulius Sondeckis, conductor | Gidon Kremer & Tatiana Grindenko, violins Alfred Schnittke, prepared piano

Tabula Rasa

Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa, Part 2

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Jon Opstad


Ignis, Part 7

jonopstad.bandcamp.com ORsoundcloud

Nordic Affect


Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir: Sleeping Pendulum [10:06]

See above.