Anna Thorvaldsdottir: A Part of Nature / by Anne Lanzilotti

I wrote about Anna Thorvaldsdottir's Aeriality for Music & Literature.

Photo by Thorvaldsdottir

Photo by Thorvaldsdottir

In anticipation of the New York Philharmonic performing Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aeriality this week, this profile of Thorvaldsdottir discusses her inspirations from nature and her compositional process, and gives an in-depth listening guide to Aeriality.
Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s music is powerful and visceral. Merely saying that it represents nature does not express the depth of her compositional process. Many composers are inspired by the natural world, but what makes Thorvaldsdottir’s works unique is her imaginative rendering of nature—her ability to create the affect of tangible, physical landscapes through sound. She is enthralled by large-scale ensembles, and writes detailed orchestral scores that draw the listener in with layers of sonic perspectives. Read on

Experience Aeriality live with the New York Philharmonic May 19, 20, and 23 at David Geffen Hall.