Eggen, Arne

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Eggen, Arne

Eggen, Arne, Norwegian organist and composer, brother of Erik Eggen; b. Trondheim, Aug. 28, 1881; d. Baerum, near Oslo, Oct. 26, 1955. He studied at the Christiania Cons. (1903–05) and then with Straube (organ) and Krehl (composition) at the Leipzig Cons. (1906–07). He toured Norway and Sweden giving organ recitals; from 1927 to 1945 he was president of the Soc. of Norwegian Composers. In 1934 he received a government life pension.


DRAMATIC Opera : Olav Liljekrans (1931–40; Oslo, 1940); Cymbeline (1943–8; Oslo, Dec. 7, 1951). ORCH.: Sym. (Christiania, March 4, 1920); Chaconne for Orch. or Organ (1917). CHAMBER : 2 violin sonatas; Piano Trio; Cello Sonata; Suite for Violin and Piano; organ music; piano pieces. VOCAL: King Olav, oratorio (Oslo, March 30, 1933); many songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire