Torstein Aagaard-Nilsen (b. Oslo, 11 January 1964) is a contemporary Norwegian composer.
Aagaard-Nilsen grew up in
Kabelvåg on Lofoten in northern Norway. From 1986 to 1990 he studied at the Bergen Conservatory of Music (now known as the Grieg Academy) and at the University of Bergen. From 1990 to 1994 he worked at the Bergen Conservatory as a teacher of [1 ] contemporary classical music. Furthermore, he was leader of the Autunnale-festivalen - (Music Factory and Autunnale), also in Bergen. In 1992 and 1993 he arranged and composed for the Forsvarets Stabsmusikkorps Vestlandet - Norwegian Army Band, Bergen (NABB), writing, among other works, Arctic Landscape. In this period Aagaard-Nilsen wrote many works for wind band and brass band.
Aagaard-Nilsen works as
conductor of various school and amateur orchestras, and also as a teacher at the . He founded the forum Manger Folkehøgskule Av garde together with Ketil Hvoslef, Jostein Stalheim and Knut Vaage.
As a composer he has written for
orchestra, chamber ensemble, choir, wind band and brass band.
Compositions [ edit ]
For orchestra [ edit ]
The fourth Angel for trumpet and sinfonietta 1995-1996
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra 1996
Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra - Hommage' 1997 rev.2003
The Cry of Fenrir - Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra 1998
Concerto for Trombone and String Orchestra 2000
Pierrot´s Lament - Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra 2003
Fanfares and Fairytales (Concerto No. 2 for Trombone and Orchestra) 2007 "Wind Eyes"
For wind band [ edit ]
Arctic Landscape for Military Band 1994
Preludium for Symphonic Band 1994
Triade - "The Angels of Destruction" for large wind ensemble 1998
Pang - Introduction No. 4 for Symphonic Band 2001
Concerto for Large Wind Ensemble (Pentagram)
Call and Awakening
Call and Conclusion
Cantilena Cradle Song for solo trombone and wind band 2002
Wings of Changes for Wind Ensemble" (Recordinglabel SIMAX) 2002 "Cantilena: Cradle song for trombone and wind band"
Cantilena II: Mountain Song for euphonium and wind ensemble 2004 "The Playground Project"
2006 "Cantilena III for 3 trombones and wind ensemble
For brass band [ edit ]
Circius (various recordings) 1989
Entrada : Introduction No. 2 1990-1991
The Binding of the Wolf 1993
Concerto for Bb Cornet and Brass Band 1996
Seid (also a version B from 2009) (recording on DOYEN) 1998
Riffs and Interludes 1998/1999
Dynamis - Missa Sophia (recording on LAWO) 1999 "Mosquito for trombone and brass band
Aubade - Dawn Songs of the Fabulous Birds (test piece for the 2003 European Brass Band Competition in Bergen, Norway) 2003
Bloodaxe Lament for Tuba and Brass Band 2005 "Klotho"
Hommage á Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 2006 "Steam Songs"
Cantigas (recording on LAWO) 2007 "Blue Phrases" for solo trumpet, electronics and brass band
2007 "Chant" (recording on LAWO)
2007/2008 "Totem" Concerto gross for brass band and electronics
2009 "Euphonium Concerto"
For choir [ edit ]
Ensomme skip for female choir (SSAA) - text (Norwegian): Rolf Jacobsen 1994/2010
Bølgje for mixed choir - text (Norwegian): Halldis Moren Vesaas 1996 "I otta du rise" for male choir (TTBB)
Aldri før... for mixed choir - text (Norwegian): Rolf Jacobsen 2002
Et annet lys for mixed choir - text (Norwegian): Stein Mehren 2005 "Sorg" fir male choir - text (Norwegian):
Stein Mehren 2008 "Jolekvad (variations on In Dulci Jubilo) for two female choir
Vocal works with orchestral or instrumental accompaniment [ edit ]
Jacobsen sanger for baritone and trumpet text: Rolf Jacobsen 1999
Det andre lyset for voice, saxophone, trombone and piano text: Stein Mehren
Cantatas and masses [ edit ]
Vår jord, vår Evighet cantata for Tromsø on the occasion of the 200-year anniversary, for soprano, baritone, mixed choir, wind band and strings - text: Rolf Jacobsen
Små lys på havet
Sol i sorg
Dynamis - Missa sophia for cornet, trombone, tuba, percussion and brass band
Hot-house - Drivhus 2000/2002 "Views"
2006 "Akvarell (Watercolour) (for Rune Alver)
2008 "Nattsvermer (for Rune Alver)
2009 "Lofotbrev (for Rune Alver)
2010 "Blue Traces" (for Rune Alver)
Chamber music [ edit ]
1989/95 "Four Lyric Pieces" for solo EUphonium
1990 "Black Rain" for solo Euphonium
Black Light for recorder, violin, singer (alto) and piano, version 2: for recorder, violin, cello and harpsichord, version 3: for flute, oboe, violin and piano 1992/2001 "The Fourth Angel" for trumpet and sinfonietta
Novelle for Brass Ensemble for 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, bass trombone, French horn and tuba 1996
Fabula I for flute, clarinet, vibraphone, piano, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass 1996
Fabula II for oboe, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello and double bass 1996/98 "Sinfonietta" (1. Fabula III, 2. Fabula IV, 3. Fabula V, 4. Singing Landscape) for sinfonietta
Crossing Lines quartet for trombone, accordion, violin and cello 1998
Glance of a Landscape quartet for percussion 1999
Light for trombone and percussion 1999 "Two Insects" for Solo Euphonium
2000 "Spin" for brass quintet
2001 "Kyklos" for brass quintet
Winds of Change for Oboe, Eb clarinet, 3 Bb clarinets, Bass Clarinet, and 2 Saxophones 2003 "Knock" for percussion trio
2005 "Of Night and Darkness" for trombone quartet
2008 "Blue Fragments" for Piano trio and percussion
2008 "The Season of Blue Lights" for sinfonietta
2009 "Song for Kharon" for tuba and electronics
2010 "Orpheus Lament" for trumpet and electronics
References [ edit ]
^ Biography, Allmusic
External links [ edit ]