Berge, Sigurd, Norwegian composer; b. Vinstra, July 1, 1929. He studied composition with Thorleif Eken at the Oslo Cons, and with Finn Mortensen (1956–59), and later took courses in electronic music in Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Utrecht. From 1959 he taught at the Sagene Coll. of Education. He served as chairman of the Norwegian Composers Union (1985–88). His output ranges from traditional works to electronic pieces.
Dances from Gudbrandsdal for Orch. (1955–56); Divertimento for Violin, Viola, and Cello (1956); Episode for Violin and Piano (1958); Pezzo orchestrale (1958); Raga, concerto-study in Indian music, for Oboe and Orch. (1959); Sinus for Strings and Percussion (1961); Tamburo piccolo for Strings and Percussion (1961); Chroma for Orch. (1963); A for Orch. (1964–65); B for Orch. (1965–66); Flute Solo (1966); Oboe Solo (1966); Yang Guan for Wind Quintet (1967); Ballet for 2 Dancers and Percussion (1967–68); Gamma for 7 Instruments (1970); Epsilon for Chamber Orch. (1970); Delta for Jazz Trio and Tape (1970); Horn Call for Horn (1972); Between Mirrors for Violin and Chamber Orch. (1977); Music for Orch. (1978); Gudbrandskalsspelet, music drama (1980); Wind, ballet (1981); Music for 4 Horns (1984); numerous electronic pieces.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire