Kvandal (real name, Johansen), (David) Johan

views updated

Kvandal (real name, Johansen), (David) Johan

Kvandal(real name, Johansen), (David) Johan, distinguished Norwegian composer and organist, son of David Monrad Johansen; b. Christiania, Sept. 8, 1919; d. there (Oslo), Feb. 16, 1999. He graduated as a student of organ (under Sandvold) and of conducting at the Oslo Cons., where he also took courses with Tveitt (composition) and Steenberg (counterpoint and composition). He then pursued his composition studies with Marx in Vienna, Boulanger in Paris (1952–54), and Blacher in Berlin (1970). From 1959 to 1974 he was organist of Oslo’s Valerengen Church. Kvandal’s works were written in a well-crafted neo-Classical style but with obeisance to Norway’s national musical tradition.


dramatic:Skipper Worse, television score (1967); Mysteries, opera (1993; Oslo, Jan. 15, 1994). orch.:Divertimento for Strings (1945); Norwegian Overture (1950); Variations and Fugue (1954); Sym. (1959); Symphonic Epos (1961–62); Concerto for Flute and Strings (1963); Sinfonia concertante (1968); Antagonia, concerto for 2 String Orchs. and Percussion (1972–73); Concerto for Oboe and Strings (1977); Violin Concerto (1979); Triptychon (1979); Concerto for Chamber Orch. (1980); Poem for Strings (1985; also for Piano or Organ); Visions Norvégiennes (1985); Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orch. (1993–94); Fantasia for Hardanger Fiddle and Strings (1995); Piano Concerto (1998). chamber: String Trio (1951); 3 string quartets (1954, 1966, 1983); Duo for Violin and Cello (1959); Aria, Cadenza and Finale for Violin and Piano (1964); Introduction and Allegro for Horn and Piano (1969); Do lontano for Flute and Piano (1970); Wind Quintet (1971); Sonata for Solo Violin (1973–74); Quartet for Flute, Violin, Viola, and Cello (1975); Night Music, nonet (1981); Overture Fantasy for 8 Winds and Double Bass (1982); Sonata for Solo Harp (1984); Sonata for Solo Guitar (1984); Sonata for Solo Accordion (1987); Horn Quartet (1988); Violin Sonata (1995). keyboard: piano: Sonata (1940); Sonatina (1942); 3 Fantasy Country Dances (1969); Duo concertante for 2 Pianos (1974). organ:Partita (1971). vocal:Song of Stella for Soprano and Strings (1952); 3 solo cantatas: No. 1 for Soprano or Tenor and Orch. (1953), No. 2, O Domine Deus, for Soprano and Organ (1966), and No. 3 for Baritone and Organ (1970); Nature, chamber cantata for Baritone, Violin, and Piano (1972); Cantata for the Ibsen celebration (1978); Draumkvaede-melodiene for Soprano, Chorus, and Chamber Ensemble (1997); choruses; songs.


Festskrifl til J. K. i anledning 70-arsdagen 8. September 1989 (Oslo, 1989).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire