Ruben Sverre Gjertsen

(b. 1977, Volda).

Norwegian composer of mostly chamber works that have been performed throughout Europe.

Mr. Gjertsen studied composition with James Clapperton and Morten Eide Pedersen at the Griegakademiet in Bergen. He also attended the Fondation Royaumont in 2000.

Among his honours are the award for contemporary composers in the Spellemannprisen (2009, for his recording on the label +3dB) and the Arne Nordheims Komponistpris (2010). His music has been performed in Austria, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK, including at the ISCM World Music Days (2004, Switzerland), the festival Aspekte Salzburg (2006) and the Lucerne Summer Festival (2006).


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Rituals I, small orchestra (19 players), 2000, revised 2003

Rituals III, 2001–02, revised 2009

Circles, small orchestra (26 players), 2005

Gamelan terrains, small orchestra (16 players), 2008

Landscape with figures IIb, small orchestra (17 players), fixed media (8/16 tracks), 2013 (shorter version of Landscape with figures II)


Miniatures I, recorder, guitar, fixed media, 1999, revised 2004

Miniatures II, trombone, percussion, 1999

Miniatures III, violin, piano, 2000

Contradiction, bass clarinet, French horn, violin, 2000

Leftovers, alto flute, bass clarinet, piano, 2001, revised 2006

Rituals II, bass flute, bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, cello, percussion, 2002, revised 2003

Grains, harp, viola, percussion, 2003

Fluente, cello, 2004

Duo, viola, double bass, 2007

Postheroic fanfares, 2 trombones, bass trombone, percussion, 2007

Pastorale, oboe d'amore/bass oboe, harp, guitar, violin, 2009

Murmurando, bass flute, 2010

Psi, cello, 2011

Don't feed the birds, 10 players, live electronics, 2013

Collideorscape, alto flute, bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, celesta, 2014


Intermezzi (texts from phonemes, Ingvill Solberg), 8 mixed voices, 2004


tReMbLiNg (text by e. e. cummings), mezzo-soprano, small orchestra (13 players), 2002–05

Lied (texts from phonemes, Paul Celan), soprano, prepared piano, 2005

Landschaft (texts by Rainer Maria Rilke, Georg Trakl, arranged by the composer), alto, baritone, bass oboe, bass clarinet, 2008

Aria, high soprano, fixed media, live electronics, 2009–10

Landscape with figures II, 5 female voices, small orchestra (17 players), fixed media (8/16 tracks), 2013 (also shorter versions as Landscape with figures IIa, 5 female voices, fixed media [8/16 tracks], 2013; Landscape with figures IIb)


Pression, organ (with assistant), fixed media, 2002, revised 2007


Landscape with figures I (endless multichannel installation of 1233 fragments), 2012

Territorial behaviours, 3D ambisonic sound, 2014


Fluente; Contradiction; Duo; tReMbLiNg; Grains. (+3dB, 2009)

Gamelan terrains; Rituals II; Lied; Rituals I; Miniatures II; tReMbLiNg; Grains. Pierre-André Valade/BIT20 Ensemble (Aurora: ACD5073, 2012)

Landscape with figures IIa. Song Circus (2L: 2L-117-SABD, 2015)