Bjarne Amdahl

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Bjarne Amdahl OB.F13310.jpg

Bjarne Fredrik Berg Amdahl (17 August 1903, Trondheim – 14 April 1968) was a Norwegian pianist, composer and orchestra conductor.


Amdahl was born to Seddeltrykkeriet (banknote printers) chairman Hans Amdahl (1875–1945) and Gyda Sawert (1877–1957), and in 1931 he married the dancer Bengta Andrea Jønsson (11 May 1910 – 3 September 2003), daughter of furniture shop keeper Andreas Jønsson (1871–1940) and politician Gitta Jønsson (b. Hagerup, 1869–1950). He studied piano under Melvin Simonsen, composition under Arvid Kleven and conducting under Hugo Kramm. Already when 20 years old, Amdahl was employed as orchestra conductor (kapellmester) at the Operette Theater Mayol in Kristiania (now Oslo) in 1923. Later he was a kapellmester at a number of Oslo theaters, like the Casino (1926–28), Chat Noir (1928–31), Søylen (1934–35), Det Nye Teater (1936–51), Folketeatret (1952–59), and then by Oslo Nye Teater. From 1940 he also had permanent assignments as a composer, pianist and organizer at the Norwegian national brodcaster NRK.[1]

He was one of Norway's most popular composers of entertainment music in the 20th century, and among his most popular music were melodies to the songs "Tango for to" and "Sønnavindsvalsen" with lyrics by Alf Prøysen, and the song "Skomværvalsen" with lyrics by Erik Bye.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b Larsen, Svend Erik Løken. "Bjarne Amdahl". In Helle, Knut. Norsk Biografisk Leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 4 May 2013.
  2. ^ Godal, Anne Marit (ed.). "Bjarne Amdahl". Store Norske Leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Norsk nettleksikon. Retrieved 4 May 2013.