Klaus Egge (July 19, 1906 – March 7, 1979) was a Norwegian composer and music critic. He was born in Gransherad, Telemark, and died in Oslo. His music, often called a stream of will, is characterized by its polyphony and a strong rhythmical energy.
Egge's musical development can be separated into three periods. In the first period, folk music was the central source of inspiration. The composer's first piano sonata, a staple of the Norwegian repertoire, dates from this first period. The second period is the period where Egge develops a more universal tonal language. The second period peaks with his development into a metamorphic technique, one where a musical motif undergoes repeated transformations. The third period can be defined as the time Egge explores the twelve-tone technique.
- Young Composers (released under the GNU Free Documentation License)
- Kennedy, Michael (2006), The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 985 pages, ISBN 0-19-861459-4
|Recipient of the Norsk kulturråds ærespris
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