Norwegian composer’s head is chopped off

Norwegian composer’s head is chopped off


norman lebrecht

May 21, 2017

A statue raised last year to Fartein Valen, the most prominent Norwegian composer after Grieg, has been decapitated outside city hall in Sveio.

Police say they are looking for three young men and a woman.


Summer drunks? Music critics?


  • John Borstlap says:

    Very troubled, Schoenbergian music.

    Maybe the perpetrators belonged to an ISIS branch of music criticism?

  • Robert Holmén says:

    There have to be better candidates for “most prominent Norwegian composer after Grieg”.

    How about Johannes Hanssen…

  • Jean says:

    “most prominent Norwegian composer after Grieg”

    Also few other candidates:
    Christian Sinding, Harald Saeverud, Geirr Tveitt