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Arne Eggen

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Origin  Norway
Instruments  Church organ
Occupation(s)  Musician, composer
Name  Arne Eggen
Arne Eggen
Born  28 August 1881 Trondheim, Sor-Trondelag (1881-08-28)
Died  26 October 1955(1955-10-26) (aged 74) Baerum, Akershus
Genres  Classical, church music

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Arne Eggen (28 August 1881 in Trondheim, Norway – 26 October 1955 in Baerum, Norway) was a Norwegian composer and organist, married in 1916 to Engel Johanne Othilie Sparre Gulbranson (1878–1918), the brother of musicologist and composer Erik Eggen (1877–1957), and brother in law to opers singer Ellen Gulbranson (1863–1947).


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Eggen studied at the Conservatory of Music in Oslo with Catharinus Elling (1858–1942), Peter Brynie Lindeman (1858–1930), and graduated as organist in 1905. He also studied at the Leipzig Conservatory (1906–1907) with Stephan Krehl and Karl Straube (1873–1950). He worked as organist in Bragernes Church (1908–1924), Drammen Church (1908–1924), Bryn Church (1924–1955) and Tanum Church, Baerum. He was chairman of the Norwegian Society of Composers (1927–1945), Honorary Chairman 1945 in TONO 1928–1930. Of his compositions include Oratorio King Olav (1930), the operas Olav Liljekrans (lyrics by Ibsen, 1931–1940) and Cymbelin (lyrics by Shakespeare, 1943–1950), premiered in 1951, with Aase Nordmo Lovberg in the role of Imogen, the choral Mjosen (mixed choir with piano, 1922), the melodrama Liti Kersti, Cantata to Drammens 100th anniversary (soli, choir and orchestra), music to Liti Kjersti (1915), Symphony in G minor (1920), 2 violin sonatas, cello sonatas, organ works (Ciaconna) and a numerous romances. Stylistically Eggen continued Grieg and Svendsen's national romantic line, and he has been particularly known for his great ability to create beautiful melodies.

He died at Baerum Hospital.


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  • Recordings

    The orchestral work Bjorgulv spelemann (Liti Kersti-suite) ("Bjorgulv the Fiddler") was recorded by the Oslo Philharmonic under conductor Odd Gruner-Hegge in 1951, and again by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. The psalm-hymn "AEre det evige forar i livet" ("Praise the eternal spring of life") to a text by Bjornstjerne Bjornson, was recorded by Kirsten Flagstad with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Oivin Fjeldstad.


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