Braein, Edvard Fliflet

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Braein, Edvard Fliflet

Braein, Edvard Fliflet, Norwegian composer and conductor; b. Kristiansund, Aug. 23, 1924; d. Oslo, April 30, 1976. He was of a musical family; his grandfather was an organist and choirmaster, and his father, Edvard Braein (1887–1957), was a composer, organist, and conductor. He studied at the Oslo Cons., graduating in 1943; then studied conducting with Grüner–Hegge and composition with Brustad; later took private lessons with Rivier in Paris (1950–51). Upon returning to Oslo, he was active mainly as a choral conductor.


DRAMATIC: Anne Pedersdotter, opera (Oslo, 1971); Den stundeslose (The Wastrel), opera buffa (Oslo, 1975); The Little Matchstick Girl, ballet (1976; unfinished). orch.:Towards the Sea for Chamber Orch. (1947); Concert Overture (1948); 3 syms. (1949–50; 1951–54; 1967); Serenade (1951–52); Adagio for Strings (1953); Capriccio for Piano and Orch. (1956–57); Divertimento for Flute and Orch. (1958); Symphonic Prelude (1959); Largo for Strings (1960–61); Intrata (1961); Overture in Miniature (1962); Little Serenade (1963); Ritmico e melodico (1971); Til Arendal, festival overture (1972); Havljom (Echo from the Sea; 1973). chamber: Violin Sonata (1940); The Merry Musicians for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, and Cello (1947); Divertimento for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, and Cello (1962); String Trio (1964); Humoresque for Chamber Ensemble (1966).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire