Kjellsby, Erling, Norwegian organist, choral conductor, and composer; b. Christiania, July 7, 1901; d. there (Oslo), Feb. 18, 1976. He studied composition with Brustad and Valen. He lectured on music at Oslo’s Teacher’s Coll. (1934–70) and was organist at Oslo’s Uranienborg Church (1936–71). His early works, in a late Romantic style, eventually gave way to neoclassical influences. He wrote Norsk rapsodi for Small Orch. (1937), choral works, 4 string quartets (1940–57), and piano pieces.
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