Ragnar Söderlind (born 1945) made a name for himself at an realy age for his exquisite treatment of the orchestra, and good grasp on the musical craft of composition. When found his musical direction in the middle of the 60’s, avant-garde music dominated the composition environment in Norway. Tonality and triads were still banished from dominant trends, but Söderlind had the courage to bring forth a different aesthetic. He was labeled a “new-romanticist” because he was among the first at that time who dared to use musical forms of expression dating from the turn of the century. He has been faithful to his conviction, and his work list 50 years later counts more than 130 titles.
A selection of works: Eight symphonies. Concertos for violin, cello and piano. Three ballets based on Norwegian dramas/novels: Hedda Gabler (Ibsen), Kristin Lavransdatter (Undset) and Victoria (Hamsun). Rose og Ravn (opera – libratto Knut J. Moe).
Ragnar Söderlind’s site at mic.no (biography, work list, recordings and articles):