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Stefánsson, Fjölnir

Marek Podhajski

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Reykjavík, Oct 9, 1930; d Kópavogur Nov 24, 2011). Icelandic composer and teacher. He took cello lessons at the Reykjavík College of Music before studying theory and composition there with Jón Thórarinsson, graduating in 1954. He continued his studies in England with Mátyás Seiber (1954–8). After teaching at the Reykjavík College of Music (1958–68) he was appointed principal of the Kópavogur Music School, a position he held until his retirement in 2000. He was one of the founders of the organization Musica Nova created in 1959 to promote music by young Icelandic composers. He served on the boards of STEF, the Icelandic performing rights society (1974–88), and the Iceland Music Information Centre (1968–84).

His not extensive output was dominated by solo vocal works and choral pieces, many of them arrangements of Icelandic folksongs. His vocal pieces are generally in a traditional style, often drawing on the modality of the old church songs, whereas his instrumental works are serial in tendency. His ...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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