Manny Oyen passed away on January 25, 2017 in Mesa, AZ at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife Mary Lou. Manny was a member of Sons of Norway (Vonheim until he moved to Arizona), the Fairhaven Lions Club, & the Norske Torske Klubben. There will be a memorial service at Fountain of the Sun in Mesa, AZ on February 20, 2017 at 1 PM, and in Minnesota at 1st Lutheran Church of Crystal this summer.Sincerely,
Celebrating Edvard Grieg
June is the month to pay homage to Norway’s most revered
composer, Edvard Grieg, who was born in Bergen on June
15, 1843, in the Grieg’s family home.
Here are a few notable facts about the composer culled from The Grieg Museum’s website.*
• Grieg’s most famous compositions include Piano Concerto in a minor, incidental music for Ibsen’s drama “Peer Gynt” (Morning Mood, In the Hall of the Mountain King, Solveig’s Song a.o.), Lyric Pieces for piano, Holberg Suite, Last Spring
• He grew up in a successful merchant family, together with his brother John (born 1840) and his sisters Maren (born 1837), Ingeborg Benedicte (born 1838) and Elisabeth (born 1845). Very early he showed a strong interest in music and for the piano as instrument. He could sit at the piano for hours, exploring all kinds of tunes on his own.
• During his early school years in Bergen, Edvard wasn’t the most disciplined pupil. He preferred to discover the music himself. Instead of the compulsory etudes, he preferred to improvise and play new tunes and melodies. However, despite the certain amount of reluctance, his love for music grew into what was to become, in his innermost spirit, the right thing to do in life – to be an artist.
• Edvard Grieg studied at the music conservatory in Leipzig, Germany. This conservatory was founded in 1843 by Felix Mendelsohn, and was reckoned to be the best and most modern conservatory in Europe. His teachers in Leipzig were some of the best pedagogues in Europe: Ignaz Moscheles in piano, Carl Reinecke in composition and Moritz Hauptmann, for whom Edvard Grieg had the greatest respect. He graduated from the conservatory with excellent marks in 1862.
• An extensive touring schedule with innumerable concerts, combined with a weak health condition, was to put an end to Grieg’s life. In September 1907 Grieg became seriously ill and was hospitalized in Bergen, where he died on Sept. 4, 1907, of chronic exhaustion.
Learn more about the Norway’s rich musical heritage by participating in Music and Musicians of Norway, a cultural skills program available to Sons of Norway members at www.sonsofnorway.com.
Norway’s Constitutional Language Receives Update
After debate among Norway’s three largest political parties,
a proposal has been reached and approved to modernize the
Constitution. Originally drafted in an archaic version of
bokmål, the proposal updates the text to a more widely used version of
bokmål as well as introduces another copy in Norway’s other official
language, nynorsk. The last time the Constitution language was
evaluated and changed was in 1903.
The updates were set into motion in 2012 by a Constitutional Language Committee appointed by Norwegian Parliament and tasked with creating a report on the viability of updating the document. The ultimate goal of the linguistic evaluation was to make the Constitution more popular and accessible, utilizing spelling, vocabulary and grammatical patterns that are more recognizable to modern readers.
The Conservatives (Høyre), Progress Party (Fremskrittspartiet, FrP) and the Labour Party (Arbeiderpartiet, Ap) previously had been at a stalemate, each supporting a different model for either changing the Constitution or leaving its language untouched. Amid concerns that uneven proposals would favor one of Norway’s official languages over the other, agreement was eventually reached on a moderate bokmål update proposal provided by language professor Finn-Erik Vinje and a nynorsk proposal from law professor Hans Petter Graver.
“The decision will be historic,” said Labour’s Martin Kolberg, head of the parliamentary scrutiny and constitutional affairs committee. Nynorsk gets a status which it has never previously had.”
By-Laws Updated in 2013
The adopted By-Laws include several updates to match the verbage recommended by Sons of Norway.