Ruth Bakke

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Ruth Bakke (b. 2 Aug 1947) is a Norwegian organist and composer. She was born in Bergen, Norway, and studied at the Bergen Music Conservatory and the University of Oslo. She continued her studies on a Fulbright grant at Converse College in South Carolina, Texas Lutheran College, University of Redlands in California, and Washington State University.[1]

After completing her studies, Bakke returned to Norway where she worked in Bergen as an organist and choir conductor, and also taught music theory at the Bergen Music Conservatory and Bergen Teacher’s Training College.[2][3]


Bakke composes for orchestra, band, chamber, sacred, organ, vocal and multimedia works. Selected works include:

  • Organ sonata, 1970
  • Rumus for chamber orchestra, 1976
  • Bonn for soprano, organ and guitar, 1976
  • Illuminations, bassoon concerto, 1994
  • Tubazzo", tuba concerto, 1998
  • "Chromocumuli for symphony orchestra, 1972
  • Dolorosa, electronic, 1998
  • Body & Soul for percussion and live electronics
  • Into the Light for violin and organ, 1982
  • Trollsuite for string quartet, 1981
  • Meditation for horn and organ, 1986
  • Nonsense for solo voice, 1990
  • Sphaerae for organ, 1992
  • Suite ACD for Renaissance instruments, 1992
  • Psalm 2000 for organ and tuba, 1993[4]


  1. ^ Dees, Pamela Youngdahl (2004). A Guide to Piano Music by Women Composers: Women born after 1900.
  2. ^ "Ruth Bakke". Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  3. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 22 January 2011.
  4. ^ Cummings, David M. (2000). International who's who in music and musicians' directory.