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Norwegian centenarian musician celebrated. Composer and organist Leif Solberg turned 100 today, with a special concert held in his honour. Born on 18th November 1914 to postman and organist Hans Solberg and Minnie Julie Walle, Leif Solberg is the oldest living member of the Norwegian Society of Composers (Norsk Komponistforening). He began his career at the young age of thirteen, when he made his debut at the Hoff Stone Church in Oppland County’s Østre Toten municipality.

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Published on Tuesday, 18th November, 2014 at 21:36 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari.
Last Updated on 19th November 2014 at 15:31.

Composer and organist Leif Solberg turned 100 today, with a special concert held in his honour.

Leif Solberg
The 100-year-old musician and composer is the Norwegian Society of Composers' oldest-living member.Leif Solberg
Photo: Norsk Komponistforening


Born on 18th November 1914 to postman and organist Hans Solberg and Minnie Julie Walle, Leif Solberg is the oldest living member of the Norwegian Society of Composers (Norsk Komponistforening).

He began his career at the young age of thirteen, when he made his debut at the Hoff Stone Church in Oppland County’s Østre Toten municipality.

Two years later, he started to take private lessons from organist and composer Arild Sandvold (1895-1894).

Leif Solberg also studied extensively abroad — in London, Salzburg, Copenhagen and Haarlem (Netherlands).

He composed nearly twenty major organ works between 1933 and 1938, when he debuted as a public concert organist in Oslo’s Fagerborg Church,

In that pre-WWII commencement year, Solberg was chosen to be the organist in the church in Lillehammer Church, Oppland County. Thirty others had applied for the position.

In addition to serving there until 1982, he also taught music at the town's high school from 1949 to 1984. 

A concert was held this evening at the church in Lillehammer to celebrate Leif Solberg’s 100th birthday.

The programme consisted of performances of his works by 18-year-old Norwegian violinist Edvard Erdal, organist Halgeir Schiager (born in 1955), Engegårdkvartetten (string quartet), Lillehammer symfoniorkester, and a local choir.

The following is a list of some of his works:

Organ Works (selection)

  • Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, 1933
  • Variations on the folk tune “Eg veit i himmerik ei borg”, 1933
  • Fantasy and Fugue on the folk tune “Se solens skjønne lys og prakt”, 1936
  • Choral fantasy on “Av dypest nød jeg rope må”, 1937
  • Prelude, Passacaglia and Fugue on the folk tune “Gå varsomt min sjel”, 1940
  • Variations on “Mitt hjerte alltid vanker”, 1945
  • Ciaconna (Chaconne) in G minor , 1953

Other works (selection)

  • Maihaugkantate (text: Tore Ørjasæter), 1941-1942
  • Langfredagsmeditasjon (text: Sigurd Nesse), 1948
  • String Quartet , 1945
  • Sonata for violin and piano , 1948
  • Symphony in G minor , 1951-1952

(Additional sources: Store norske leksikon (SNL), Wikipedia).



Published on Tuesday, 18th November, 2014 at 21:36 under the news category, by Manisha Choudhari.
Last updated on 19th November 2014 at 15:31.

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





  
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