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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.[1] From 1990 to 1994 he worked at the Bergen Conservatory as a teacher of 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 as the Manger Folkehøgskule. He founded the forum 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.



For orchestra

  • 1992/1997 The fourth Angel for trumpet and orchestra
  • 1992/1993 Concerto for Trumpet in C and orchestra
  • 1995 Kar - A little overture
  • 1995-1996 Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
  • 1996 Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra - Trumpet Concerto No. 2
  • 1997 rev.2003 Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra
  • 1998 Concerto for Trombone and String Orchestra
  • 2000 Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra
  • 2003 Fanfares and Fairytales (Concerto No. 2 for Trombone and Orchestra)

For wind band

  • 1992 Arctic Landscape for Military Band
  • 1994 Preludium for Symphonic Band
  • 1994 Triade - "The Angels of Destruction" for Symphonic Wind Orchestra
  • 1997 Norwegian Dance
  • 1997 From Borge - two folk tunes from Borge on Lofoten
  • 1998 Grim
  • 1998 Pang - Introduction No. 4 for Symphonic Band
  • 1999 The Viking Church on the occasion of the 1000 year anniversary of the Kabelvåg church
  • 2000 Den evige klangen for brass ensemble (4 cornets, E-flat horn, trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion) and wind band
  • 2002 Cantilena Cradle Song for solo trombone and wind band
  • 2004 Cantilena II Mountain Song for euphonium and wind ensemble (flute, alto flute, oboe, 4 clarinets, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, bassoon, French horn and vibraphone)
  • Arctic Funk
  • Introduction and Punk
  • Pentagram
    1. Call and Awakening
    2. Ritual I
    3. De Profundis
    4. Ritual II
    5. Call and Destruction
  • Wings of Changes

For brass band

  • 1989 Abstractions
  • 1990-1991 Awakening
  • 1990 Entrada : Introduction No. 2
  • 1992 Meditasjon
  • 1993 Concerto for Bb Cornet and Brass Band
  • 1996 Seid
  • 1998 Riffs and Interludes
  • 1998/1999 Dynamis - Missa Sophia (see Cantatas and masses)
  • 2003 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
  • 2003 InteraktivMegaGigaRytme
  • 2005 Hommage á Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 2006 Cantigas
  • Ballade - Paraphrase on "Den svalande vind"
  • Circius
  • Den fyrste song
  • Det står eit lys
  • E'Spenstig
  • Elegy & March
  • Fra Borge - To folketoner fra Borge i Lofoten
  • Fra Ryfylke - Two folk tunes from Rogaland
  • Norwegian Dance
  • Postludium
  • The Binding of the Wolf
  • T-Rex!
  • Vitae lux

For choir

  • 1992 Ensomme skip for female choir (SSAA) - text (Norwegian): Rolf Jacobsen
  • 1994 Bølgje for mixed choir - text (Norwegian): Halldis Moren Vesaas
  • 1996 Morgen, kan jeg ta dig inn til mig for male choir - tekst (Noors): Rolf Jacobsen
  • 2001/2002 Aldri før... for mixed choir
  • 2002 Et annet lys for mixed choir

Vocal works with orchestral or instrumental accompaniment

  • 1990/1991 Eg er din ven for soprano, baritone, flute, oboe, trumpet and piano - text: Ingebjørg Kasin Sandsdalen
  • 1999 Det andre lyset for voice, saxophone, trombone and piano

Cantatas and masses

  • 1994 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
    1. Preludium
    2. Det ryker
    3. Små lys på havet
    4. Nord
    5. Sol i sorg
    6. Hyss
  • 1998/1999 Dynamis - Missa sophia for cornet, trombone, tuba, percussion and brass band


  • 1993 Hot-house - Drivhus for piano

Chamber music

  • 1988/1989 AAP - Ufarlig? : Stykke for 4 Bb-trompeter
    1. Antiphoni
    2. Anti
    3. Phoni
  • 1990-1991 Jacobsen sanger for solo baritone and C trumpet
  • 1991/1994 Black Light - Version 2 voor recorder, violin, cello and harpsichord
  • 1992 Feber-fantasi for euphonium and clarinet ensemble (also for trombone and 4 cornets)
  • 1993 Novelle for Brass Ensemble for 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, bass trombone, French horn and tuba
  • 1996/1997 Elegy for Broken Hearts - 1. Movement from Concerto for Trumpet and String Orchestra for C trumpet and piano
  • 1996 Fabula I for flute, clarinet, vibraphone, piano, 2 violins, viola, chello and double bass
  • 1996 Fabula II for oboe, bassoon, French horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, 2 violins, viola, chello and double bass
  • 1998 Efflorescent for tuba quartet
  • 1998 Crossing Lines quartet for trombone, accordion, violin and cello
  • 1998 Glance of a Landscape quartet for percussion
  • 1999 Light for trombone and percussion
  • 2000 Eventyrlege fabler for flute, violin, trumpet and piano
  • 3 Etudes for Brass Quartet
  • Den fyrste song for 3 cornets, flugelhorn, French horn, 3 trombones, euphonium, tuba and percussion
  • Two Norwegian Tunes
    1. På klårfjell der kvelver seg
    2. Fiskaren talar til sonen sin


  1. ^ Biography, Allmusic

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