Fartein  Valen

Fartein Valen Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    25th August 1887
  • Died
    14th December 1952
  • Birthplace

Olav Fartein Valen was a Norwegian composer and music theorist, notable for his work in atonal polyphonic music. Valen was born in Stavanger, Norway in 1887 into a deeply Christian religious family and maintained his religious beliefs all his life. His parents were missionaries, and he spent five years of his childhood in Madagascar. In addition to his aptitude for music, he was also a polyglot, mastering at least nine languages. He earned his examen artium with the highest grades in all subjects except mathematics. He loved cats, nature, and literature, cultivated roses (even developed an award-winning hybrid), and after losing them in a devastating freeze took up growing cacti.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Gavotte and Musette, Op.24 Gavotte Piano
Intermezzo, Op.36 Intermezzi Piano
4 Stücke, Op.22 Piano piece Piano
Prelude & Fugue, Op.28 Prelude (or other movement) and Fugue Piano
Piano Sonata No.1, Op.2 Sonata Piano
Piano Sonata No.2, Op.38 Sonata Piano
Violin Sonata, Op.3 Sonata Solo Instrument and Piano
Variations, Op.23 Theme and Variations Piano