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Ara Batur

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Kjartan Sveinsson

Kjartan Sveinsson (arr. Vickerman)

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 8:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: David Vickerman
Cost: Score and Parts - $150.00   |   Score Only - $50.00


Full Score
Flute I-II-III (III doubles piccolo)
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Flugelhorns I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
Bass Guitar
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crystal Glass
  • Gong
  • Suspended Cymbal

Treble Choir


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Ara Bátur (Row Boat) is a track originally recorded by the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós and composed by band member Kjartan Sveinsson (b. 1978). The work of Sigur Rós is compelling for many reasons, but especially because of the unique sound world they create through a mélange of acoustic and electronic sounds. Their music typically evokes paradoxical feelings that strike listeners deeply, of intimate openness, hopeful longing, or satisfied yearning, for instance.

This track, originally scored for solo vocalist, electric bass, piano, orchestra, and children’s choir, has been reimagined by arranger David Vickerman for bass, piano, wind ensemble, and women’s choir in an evocative, haunting, and inspired translation to concert performance. The text is sung to an absent companion, a steadfast friend who brought inspiration and support even while being a handful themselves; it is sung with obvious love for the absent companion. It is a simple piece, and in its simplicity lays its evocative power. Two musical ideas, spun out slowly and carefully, end with a life-affirming wave that breaks, crashes, and leaves the singer alone at the very end, considering how companionship makes life more bearable for all of us

-Program Note by California State, University, Stanislaus, Wind Ensemble concert program, 14 March 2014


State Ratings

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  • San Jose (Calif.) State University Wind Ensemble (David Vickerman, conductor) – 20 March 2018
  • University of Toronto (Ont., Can.) Wind Ensemble (Gillian MacKay, conductor) – 3 February 2018
  • California State University, Stanislaus, Wind Ensemble (Stuart Sims, conductor) ) - CBDNA Western/Northwestern Division Convention (Reno, Nev.) 14 March 2014
  • The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble (David Vickerman, conductor) - CBDNA Eastern Division Conference (Boston, MA) 3 March 2014
  • The College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble (David Vickerman, conductor) - Ewing, NJ 28 February 2014
  • The Icelandic National Youth Band (Guðmundur Óli Gunnarsson, conductor) - Reykjavik, Iceland 23 February 2014

Works for Winds by This Composer

None discovered thus far.


None discovered thus far.