Sønstevold, Maj [née Lundén]
- Arvid O. Vollsnes
(b Soleftea, Sept 9, 1917; d Oslo, May 1996). Norwegian composer and teacher of Swedish birth. She studied the piano in Stockholm and studied jazz, improvisation and composition in London with Billy Mayerl. In 1945 she settled in Norway with her husband, the composer Gunnar Sønstevold, but between 1960 and 1967 she studied in Vienna, with Hanns Jelinek and Karl Schiske. From 1970 to 1985 she taught at the University of Oslo. Known for her ability to compose at speed, she was in demand for films, radio and the theatre, and by 1970 she had composed music for as many as 50 dramatic productions, some in collaboration with her husband. These are eclectic in style, matching the subject in hand, and show a fine sense of characterization. Her other works, by contrast, have a distinctive personal lyricism. Her love for jazz is often evident, and some pieces, such as the beautiful ...