Ketil Hvoslef

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Ketil Hvoslef ( Ketil Sæverud; born 19 July 1939 in Bergen, Norway) is a Norwegian composer. He is the son of composer Harald Sæverud.

Hvoslef studied viola and organ at the Bergen Music Conservatory (now a part of Grieg Academy) graduating in 1962. He furthered his studies in Stockholm with Karl-Birger Blomdahl and Ingvar Lidholm, then in London with Thomas Rajna and Henri Lazarof. He taught music theory and ear training at the Bergen Music Conservatory (1963–1979).[1]

Hvoslef had his debut as a composer in 1964 with the Concertino for Piano and Orchestra. He has composed works for the stage including the opera Barabbas, for orchestra including the symphonic poem Mi-Fi-Li. Hvoslef has also written a number of solo concertos for piano, trumpet, double bass, violin, bassoon, cello as well as a double concerto for flute and guitar, a triple concerto for violin, cello and piano, a concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra as well as major orchestral works such as Concertino for orchestra, Antigone and Il compleanno written for the 205th anniversary of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

Key chamber music works in Hvoslef’s production includes works such as Kvartoni, Clarinet Quintet, Sextet for flute and percussion, Serenata perarchi and String Quartet No. III. His output also comprises a number of works for solo instruments including five major organ works as well as music for stage and TV productions.

Selected works[edit]

Stage
  • Døde sardiner (Dead Sardines), Chamber Opera (1986–1987); libretto by Gunnar Staalesen
  • Barabbas, Opera in 3 Acts (2000–2003); libretto by the composer after the play by Michel de Ghelderode
Orchestral
  • Mi-Fi-Li, Symphonic Poem (1971)
  • Variations for chamber orchestra (1976)
  • Concertino for orchestra (1979)
  • Medmenneske (1980)
  • Suite for skoleorkester (Suite for Juvenile Orchestra) (1980)
  • Antigone, Symphonic Variations (1981–1982)
  • Air (1983)
  • Il Compleanno for 2 sextets and orchestra (1985); composed for the 220th anniversary of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Serenata per archi for string orchestra (1991)
  • Musikk til Peer Gynt (Music for Peer Gynt) for string orchestra (1993)
  • Intermezzo (1999)
  • Ein Traumspiel (2009)
  • Ung åpning for string orchestra (2009)
Wind ensemble
  • Krokeide Skolemusikkorps for brass band (1991)
  • Håkonsiana for cornet solo, horn solo, 3 cornets, 2 trombones, euphonium, tuba, percussion and timpani (1996)
  • Brass Dance for brass band (2004)
  • Ferry-Music for brass band (2004)
Concertante
  • Concertino for piano and orchestra (1964)
  • Ariseturo, Concerto for percussion and 8 wind instruments (1966)
  • Concerto for trumpet and orchestra (1969)
  • Miniett for violin and string orchestra (1970)
  • Concerto for double bass and orchestra (1973)
  • Concerto No. 1 for cello and orchestra (1976, revised 1987)
  • Double Concerto for flute, guitar and string orchestra (1977)
  • Concerto for bassoon and string orchestra (1979)
  • Vind, Concerto for flute, wind ensemble and percussion (1983)
  • Concerto No. 1 for violin and orchestra (1988–89)
  • Ve vi Vo vi, Divertimento for trumpet, piano and accordion orchestra (1989)
  • Concerto No. 2 for cello and orchestra (1990–1991)
  • Concertino for trumpet in C and orchestra (1991)
  • Concerto for piano and orchestra (1992–1993)
  • Finale for cello and orchestra (1993–1994)
  • Concerto for violin, cello, piano and orchestra (1995)
  • Concerto for saxophone quartet and orchestra (1996)
  • Concerto No. 2 for violin and orchestra (2002)
  • Concerto for viola and orchestra with children's chorus (2005, revised 2007)
  • A Lumberjack Song for saw and orchestra (2008–2009)
Chamber music
  • Woodwind Quintet (1964)
  • Duetti per fagotti for 2 bassoons (1966)
  • Suite for guitar (1966)
  • String Quartet No. 1 (1969)
  • Flauto solo for flute solo (1970)
  • Tromba solo for trumpet solo (1971, revised 1989)
  • Sextet for violin, oboe, trumpet, trombone, cello and bassoon (1972)
  • Nordisk kontrapunkt for feler og flasker for 2 violins and 6 bottles (1973)
  • Historien om digteren Lin Pe og hans tamme trane for hardanger fiddle, clarinet, cello, percussion, harpsichord and piano (1975)
  • Brass for 4 horns, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones and tuba (1978)
  • Ludium for 7 flutes (1978)
  • Octet for 8 flutes (1978)
  • Trio for oboe, viola, percussion (1978)
  • Duo: Om hva syv fjær kan bli til for 2 accordions (1979)
  • Concerto for violin and pop band (piano/electric piano/electric organ, electric guitar, electric bass and percussion) (1979)
  • Violino solo for violin solo (1980, revised 1989)
  • Post, Sextet for flute, clarinet, horn, violin, piano and guitar (1980)
  • Miniboogietriowoogie for piccolo, flute and piano (1981)
  • Duodu for violin and viola (1982)
  • Quintet for clarinet and string quartet (1982)
  • Chitarra solo for guitar solo (1983)
  • Acanthus for accordion solo (1984)
  • Erkejubel for 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, synthesizer and percussion (1984)
  • Fanfare for 3 trumpets and percussion (1984)
  • Rikstrio for flute, violin and synthesizer (1984)
  • Sextet for flute and percussion (1986–1989)
  • Scheherazade forteller videre for violin and harp (1986)
  • Framenti di Roma for oboe, clarinet and bassoon (1988)
  • Kirkeduo (Church Duo) for guitar and organ (1988)
  • Duo due (Duo Two) for violin and cello (1993, revised 1995)
  • Cello solo for cello solo (1995)
  • Kammerspill for wind quintet, string quintet, piano and percussion (1995)
  • Beethoven Trio for clarinet, cello and piano (1997)
  • Fanfare til tusen for 3 piccolos, 3 trumpets and 3 drums (1997)
  • Trombone-kvartett for 4 trombones (1997)
  • Quartetto Percussivo, for 2 pianos and percussion (1998)
  • April Brass for 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, horn, tuba and percussion (2001)
  • Bel Canto for violin and piano (2001, revised 2005)
  • Piano Quintet (2003, revised 2007)
  • Guitar Quintet for guitar and string quartet (2004)
  • Canis Lagopus for 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass and percussion (2006)
  • Inventiones for violin and piano (2007)
  • Perpetuum trompetuum for trumpet and piano (2009)
  • Violino solo II for violin solo (2009)
  • Octopus Rex for 8 cellos (2010)
  • Piano Trio (2010)
  • String Quartet No. 3
Organ
  • Orgelvariasjoner (Variations for Organ) (1972)
  • Organo Solo (1974)
  • Påskevariasjoner (Easter Variations) (1986)
  • Toccata: Fontana dell'Organo, Villa d'este (1988)
  • Revidert åpenbaring for organ (1991, revised 2001)
  • Passacaglia (1997–1998)
Piano
  • Rondo con variazioni (1970)
  • Beethoven Phantasy (1982)
  • Piano Solo (1999)
Vocal
  • Kvartoni for soprano, recorder, guitar and piano (1974)
  • Trio for soprano, alto and piano (1974)
  • Collage i svart/hvitt med rødt (Collage in Black/White with Red) for narrator (baritone), violin, guitar, bass clarinet and percussion (1975); words by Marit Monsen
  • Dano tiore, Quintet for soprano, violin, viola, cello and harpsichord (1985)
  • Hardingtrio for soprano, hardanger fiddle and piano (1995)
  • Gåte (Puzzle) for voice, 2 hardanger fiddles and harmonium (2006–2007)
  • From The Gospel According to Mary Magdalene for mezzo-soprano and piano (2009)
Choral
  • So einsam ist der Mensch for chorus a cappella (1971); words by Nelly Sachs
  • Or "Håvamål" for chorus and orchestra (1974); words from Hávamál
  • Concerto for choir and chamber orchestra (1977)
  • Spillemænd for chorus, hardanger fiddle and organ (1980); words by Henrik Ibsen
  • Balladen om Narkis och Eko: En mytisk ballad i vår tid (The Ballad of Narcissus and Echo: A Mystical Ballad of Our Time) for mixed chorus a cappella (1981); words by Claes Andersson
  • Nattlig Madonna for male chorus (1984); words by Edith Södergran
  • Bibelske bilder (Biblical Images), Santimmagine for mixed chorus and saxophone quartet (2006–2008)
Film and television scores

Awards[edit]

Hvoslef has received the "Work of the Year" award from the Norwegian Society of Composers four times:

  • 1978 for Concerto for Choir and Chamber Orchestra
  • 1980 for Concerto for Orchestra
  • 1985 for Il compleanno
  • 1992 for Serenata per archi

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