Signe Lund

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Signe Lund

Signe Lund-Skabo (15 April 1868 – 6 April 1950) was a Norwegian composer.


Signe Lund was born in Christiania, Norway, the daughter of Lieutenant Colonel Henrik Louis Bull Lund (1838–1891), and pianist Birgitte Theodora Carlsen (1843–1913), and was the sister of artist Henrik Lund. She studied with Erika Nilsson, Per Winge and Iver Holter at the Conservatory in Christiana. Later she studied in Berlin with Wilhelm Berger and also in Copenhagen and Paris. After completing her studies she worked as a teacher in Norway. She married Jørgen Skabo and later French architect George Robards.

Lund emigrated to the United States about 1900 and took a position teaching at Maryville State Normal School. She became active in the North Dakota Socialist party and Non-Partisan League and circulated petitions for the release of anti-war activist Kate Richards O'Hare from state prison in Missouri, which led to her dismissal from the Maryville teaching position.[1] She worked in New York City and Chicago as a performer and lecturer until 1920. Lund received the King's Medal of Merit for contributions to strengthening of the relationship between the United States and Norway, but lost her U.S. citizenship after World War II and returned to Norway. She died in Oslo.[2]


Lund composed a number of powerful works. Selected compositions include:

  • Norske Smaastubber, Op. 15, for piano (1893)
  • "Legende", from Quatre morceaux, Op. 16, for piano (1896)
  • Wahrhaftig (Et sandt Ord), Op. 28 no. 1 (Text: Heinrich Heine)
  • Valse de Concert, Op. 40, for piano four-hands (1914)
  • The Road to France, march (also chorus), for orchestra (1917)
  • Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 63 (1931)


  • Sol gjennem skyer, livserindringer (Gyldendal, Vol. I, 1944, and II, 1946) (reprinted


  1. ^ Debs, Eugene V.; Constantine, J. Robert (1990). Letters of Eugene V. Debs: Volume 1.
  2. ^ Sadie, Julie Anne; Samuel, Rhian (1994). The Norton/Grove dictionary of women composers (Digitized online by GoogleBooks). Retrieved 5 January 2011.

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