|Birth name||Knut Nystedt|
September 3, 1915 |
Knut Nystedt (born 3 September 1915) is a Norwegian orchestral and choral composer.
Nystedt was born in Kristiania (now Oslo), Norway, and grew up in a Christian home where hymns and classical music were an important part of everyday life. His major compositions for choir and vocal soloists are mainly based on texts from the Bible or sacred themes. Old church music, especially Palestrina and Gregorian chants, have had a major influence on his compositions.
Nystedt founded and conducted Det Norske Solistkor from 1950 to 1990. He also founded and conducted Schola Cantorum from 1964 to 1985. The choir Ensemble 96 published «Immortal Nystedt» in 2005. This CD was nominated in two categories in the 2007 Grammy Awards. This was the first Norwegian CD nominated in two categories. It was also the first CD with a Norwegian composer nominated for a Grammy. On the occasion of his 90th birthday in 2005, there were several concerts around the world held in his honour.
In 1966, the King of Norway made Nystedt a Knight of the Order of St. Olav in recognition of his contributions to Norwegian music, and in 2002 the King of Norway made him Commander of St. Olav. He received the Spellemann Award in 1978 for his album Contemporary Music From Norway and received Norsk Kulturråds Musikkpris in 1980. «De Profundis» was the work of the year Norsk Komponistforening. Nystedt was awarded an honorary professorship ('Professor Honorario') by Mendoza University Argentina in 1991. In 2002 he received Årets Korpris from Norges Korforbund and Oslo bys Kunstnerpris (The Artists prize by the City of Oslo) (2005).
Most of his compositions (the score) are published by Norsk Musikforlag. His compositions also appear on several CDs in Norway and several other countries.
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- Literature by and about Knut Nystedt in the German National Library catalogue
- Knut Nystedt Carus-Verlag
- Jens Staubrand: Kierkegaard International Bibliography Music Works and Plays, Copenhagen 2009. In English and Danish. ISBN 978-87-92510-05-1. Including Knut Nystedt's PRAYERS OF KIERKEGAARD, for mixed chor a capella, the Kierkegaard words are taken from Addresses At Holy Communion On Fridays, The Heathens’ Anxieties and The Journals
- Stemmer fra Musikken has sound recordings with Knut Nystedt in Norwegian (NRK).
- Norsk Musikforlag