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A few years ago I composed a suite for solo piano to commemorate my time in Iceland. The suite was entitled simply, "Icelandic Suite," and featured five distinct movements, each attempting to capture a little bit of my experiences there. As I was playing through the final movement recently, it dawned on me that—perhaps—it would arrange quite nicely for orchestra. And so I set about doing that. I was so pleased with the results that I thought I'd share it with the forum, as well! The title of this movement, "Lofsálmur," means "hymn of praise." It opens with a simple statement from the woodwinds which eventually transforms into a "chorale without words." This transitions into a dark and brooding middle section, with loud and dissonant exclamations from the brass. Finally, the chorale returns with a triumphant recapitulation from the orchestra, and the piece glides back into silence with the gentle woodwinds once more. I was deeply inspired by the hardships the people of Iceland have had to endure over their storied history, and the entire movement is a testament to the dark times we must traverse in order to achieve our truest expressions of praise. I've included the piano score which you are welcome to follow along with. Time permitting, I may upload the orchestral score (needs some polishing). Please let me know what comments/criticisms you may have, should you have time to give it some attention. As always, happy listening!