Rolv Yttrehus

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Rolv Berger Yttrehus (b. Duluth, Minnesota, March 12, 1926)[1] is an American composer of contemporary classical music.

He holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and University of Michigan and a Diploma from the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. He studied harmony with Nadia Boulanger and composition with Ross Lee Finney, Roger Sessions, Aaron Copland, and Goffredo Petrassi. He taught at the University of Missouri, Purdue University, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and Rutgers University.

He regards Arnold Schoenberg and Sessions as his principal influences.

List of works[edit]

  • Six Pieces for Piano Solo (1942–45)
  • Six Haiku (1960)
  • Music for Winds, Percussion, and Viola (1961)
  • Espressioni per Orchestra (1962)
  • Sextet (1964–70, revised 1974) pub. C.F. Peters Corporation
  • Music for Winds, Percussion, 'Cello and Voices (1969) pub. APNM
  • Angstwagen (1971)
  • Quintet (1973)
  • Gradus ad Parnassum (1974–79)
  • Sonata for Percussion and Piano (1982) pub. C.F. Peters Corporation
  • Explorations for Piano Solo (1985) pub. APNM
  • Sonata for 'Cello and Piano (1988, revised 1989) pub. C.F. Peters Corporation
  • Raritan Variations (1989) pub. APNM
  • Symphony No. 1 (1998) pub. APNM
  • Plectrum Spectrum (2000) pub. APNM
  • Sextet II (2006) pub. APNM
  • Laudate Milton Babbitt (2006) pub. APNM


  1. ^ Slonimsky, Nicolas (1978). "Yttrehus, Rolv". Baker's Biographical dictionary of musicians (6th ed.). New York: Schirmer Books. p. 1930. ISBN 0-02-870240-9. 


  • Boros, James. 1988. "An Interview with Rolv Yttrehus on the Occasion of Gradus Ad Parnassum." Perspectives of New Music 26/2 (Summer): 238-253
  • Boros, James. 1991. "The Role of Percussion Instruments in the Music of Rolv Yttrehus." Percussive Notes 30/2 (December): 63-68

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