One of Norway’s most central composers, Knut Nystedt, widely recognized for his choral mastery, passed away this weekend at 99.
Composer Knut Nystedt (1915-2014) held a central position throughout a long period of rapidly shifting musical currents. With unfailing artistry he showed a remarkable ability to adapt essential new discoveries to his own, highly personal, style, which was rich in colours and, at the same time, delicately nuanced. He has composed music for virtually all kinds of instrumentations and was recognized world wide as a key composer of choral and chuch music, particularly in the USA where the Augsburg College in Minneapolis awarded him their Distinguished Service Citation 1975, and his his choral work De Profundis was elected “Best work of the year 1984” by the US Choral Association.
A selection of key works: Choir and orchestra: The Burnt Sacrifice. Lucis creator optime. Apocalypsis Joannis. Orchestra: The Seven Seals. The Land of Suspension. Sinfonia del mare. Choir: De profundis. Peace I Leave with You. Immortal Bach. Organ: Suite d’orgue. Tu es Petrus.