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Nordic Music Collection

The Nordic Music Collection was established at Ohio State University in 1987 at the invitation of the eminent choral director Norman Luboff, a friend of OSU. From its beginnings, until his retirement, it was curated by Stephen Long, of the OSU Music & Dance Library staff. The Collection consists of approximately 2,500 items, primarily scores and recordings by contemporary composers from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden, though composers from previous periods are well represented. Many of the materials were donated to the Collection by the music information centers and music publishing houses in these countries. Nordic Music Collection materials circulate under standard local and interlibrary loan rules. All Nordic Collection materials are cataloged to AACR2 standards on OCLC. For a current list, click OSU Library Catalog : Nordic Music Collection.

Information centers and other sites


CD labels

International, with strong Nordic list

Composer biographies and work lists

  • Swedish Music Information Center. Biographies (in Swedish and English) and virtually complete, up-to-date work lists of over 200 Swedish composers. Detailed annotations for individual works. Work lists include published scores, manuscripts, and sound recordings, including LPs. Click "Contemporary Classical," and then choose links to composer biographies, lists of works, or descriptions of works.
  • Music Finland. Profiles in Finnish and English, full-text articles (with English translations), work lists, bibliographies, discographies, and photographs of over 125 composers.
  • Music Norway. Biographies in Norwegian and English of nearly 100 composers.
  • Iceland Music Information Center. Biographies and detailed work lists (in Icelandic only).
  • Samfundet (Society for the Publication of Danish Music). Short biographies of contemporary composers.
  • DaCapo Records. Biographies of Danish composers represented in the DaCapo CD catalog.

Nordic Composers (by country)


Hans Abrahamsen

Niels Viggo Bentzon 

Peter Bruun 

Søren Nils Eichberg 

Karsten Fundal 

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

Vagn Holmboe

Rued Langgaard

Carl Nielsen 

Anders Nordentoft 

Per Nørgård

Poul Ruders

Bent Sørensen 

Simon Steen-Andersen 


Kalevi Aho

Magnus Lindberg

Einojuhani Rautavaara

Kaija Saariaho

Aulis Sallinen

Esa-Pekka Salonen 

Lotta Wennäkoski 

Iceland (alphabetized by first name)

Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Askell Másson 

Atli Ingolfsson

Daniel Bjarnason

Haukur Tómasson

Karolina Eiriksdottir


Natasha Barrett 

Ørjan Matre 

Jon Øivind Ness 

Asbjørn Schaathun 

Olav Anton Thommessen

Lasse Thoresen

Geirr Tveitt

Fartein Valen

Rolf Wallin


B Tommy Andersson

Daniel Börtz 

Tobias Broström 

Gunnar Bucht 

Britta Byström

Jörgen Dafgård

Anders Eliasson

Anders Hillborg 

Maurice Karkoff

Rolf Martinsson

Jesper Nordin 

Gösta Nystroem 

Åke Parmerud

Allan Pettersson 

Karin Rehnqvist 

Hilding Rosenberg 

Marie Samuelsson 

Jan Sandström

Albert Schnelzer 

Dag Wirén