marimba solo and 3 percussionists
Percussion I: picc. woodblock, 2 wood blocks, sus. cymbal, Glockenspiel, bass drum.
Percussion II: 4 temple blocks, sus. cymb., vibraphone, large frame drum.
Percussion III: 4 pitches slit drums, sus. cym., loose cymb., timpani
The title of this piece refers to the cosmic tree of Norse mythology, the Yggdrasill. This tree of life extends to the heavens from the earth, thus uniting them. It is said to have three supportive roots which embrace the whole of the earth. Beneath each root are wells guarded by nornes (fortune women) who decide the lives and destiny of mankind. The beginning of the work is influenced by an icelandic folk song.