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date: 25 August 2019

Skouen, Synnelocked

  • Kari Michelsen

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(b Oslo, Aug 8, 1950). Norwegian composer and writer. She studied at the Vienna Academy of Music, where her composition teachers included Alfred Uhl and Dieter Kaufmann (electronic music), then at the Oslo School of Music (1973–6) with Finn Mortensen. During the period 1977–86 she was editor of the newly-established periodical for contemporary music Ballade, and for some years was also a music critic for Arbeiderbladet in Oslo; in the 1980s she began to work full-time as a composer. Her works are mostly based on dramatic concepts and are written in a mainly atonal language with tonal passages interspersed. In 1983 the radio production of Cecilie Løveid’s play Måkespisere (‘The Gull Eaters’), for which Skouen wrote incidental music, won the Prix Italia; the full-length ballet Volven was commissioned in 1987 by the Norwegian State Opera. In 1993 she became head of music for channel two of the Norwegian broadcasting corporation, NRK....

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