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Norway’s Knut Nystedt passes. UPDATED: Norwegian composer, conductor and organist Knut Nystedt passed away aged 99, Monday. Born in Oslo (then Christiania) on 3rd September 1915, he was regarded as one of Norway’s most significant contemporary composers the past 100 years. He was most known for his choral music, though orchestral, chamber, string quartet, organ, and piano works are among his prolific number of compositions.

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Norway’s Knut Nystedt passes

Published on Tuesday, 9th December, 2014 at 15:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 9th December 2014 at 19:20.

UPDATED: Norwegian composer, conductor and organist Knut Nystedt passed away aged 99, Monday.

Knut Nystedt (1915-2014)
The prolific and influential composer was born on 3rd September 1915 in Christiania (now Oslo).Knut Nystedt (1915-2014)
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Born in Oslo (then Christiania) on 3rd September 1915, he was regarded as one of Norway’s most significant contemporary composers the past 100 years.

He was most known for his choral music, though orchestral, chamber, string quartet, organ, and piano works are among his prolific number of compositions.

One of his composition teachers was American composer Aaron Copeland (1900-1990), with whom he studied in the US at Tanglewood.

Knut Nystedt grew up in a musical home. His father, Faktor Robert Emil Madsen (1885–1963), led an amateur quartet.

He started studying the piano at 9 years old. In 1917, he changed his main instrument from piano to organ.

Nystedt took his exam at what was then Musikkonservatoriet i Oslo (Oslo Music Conservatory) in 1936.

This was some four years after his first position as organist at misjonskirken Betlehem in downtown Oslo’s Møllergata in the vicinity of Youngstorget.

Following his conductor debut with Filharmonisk Selskaps orkester in 1945, the young Norwegian then travelled to New York for a period of study with organist Ernest White in 1947.

This was the same year as he took lessons from composer Aaron Copeland in the summer.

In 1950, Knut Nystedt started Det Norske Solistkor, conducting the ensemble for the 40 years up to 1990. They performed in all of Scandinavia, the US (1960, 1973, 1975), and Asia (1978).

Nystedt was awarded the Order of St. Olav (1st Class) in 1966, and made Commander of the Order of St. Olav in 2005 for his contribution to Norwegian musical life.

He also received the 1978 Spellemannprisen (Spellemann Awards), as well as other prizes and honours.

Included in many international performances of his choral works is his Kyrie given byThe Southeast Missouri State University Choir in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at the River Campus last month.

Peace I Leave With You, performedby Die Marienkantorei, a choir from St Mary's Church, Osnabrück, at Derby Cathedral, also took place in November.

(Additional source: Norsk Biografisk Leksikon).




Published on Tuesday, 9th December, 2014 at 15:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 9th December 2014 at 19:20.

This post has the following tags: music, copeland, composers, norway.





  
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