for soprano, baritone, mixed choir and orchestra
(N.M.O. 14620A / Score)
Orchestral material available on hire
The cantata «The Iceberg» was commissioned by the Russian conductor Sergey Inkov in 2002, and premiered in Tromsø in 2003.
The commission has it’s origin in the status the Norwegian explorer, scientist, diplomat, humanist and Nobel Prize Winner Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) still has in Russia, Ukraine and Armenia.
The idea for this work came along when reading Kristofer Uppdal’s (1878-1961) expressionist poem about the constantly growing iceberg; the iceberg which moved towards the south, but in spite of this was growing bigger and bigger.
With this iceberg in mind- my thoughts went to all those women in Nansen’s life who were awaiting a sign from him during all his journeys. What about their long- ings, lives and songs? Nansen’s first wife, the concert-singer Eva Sars (1858-1907) gave birth to five children with Nansen. She is a central character in the cantata.