Eggen, Erik, Norwegian music scholar and composer, brother of Arne Eggen; b. Trondheim, Nov. 17, 1877; d. Ringsaker, June 7, 1957. He studied theory with Hilde (1895), and later pursued his education at the Univ. of Oslo (Ph.D., 1925). He was a school teacher (1898–1939); was also ed. of Norsk toneblad (1910–17) and devoted much time to the study of folk music. His writings include Edvard Grieg (Christiania, 1911) and Norsk musikksoge (Christiania, 1923). Among his compositions are Norsk Rapsodi for Orch., a cantata, and choral pieces.
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