Nordic Council’s Music Prize (2002)
The Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen was born on Sandoy in 1961. The Faroe Islands and the North Atlantic nature and nationality are key factors to understanding his sensuous music, which bears indelible traces of wind, dunes, lyme grass and the ubiquitous Atlantic Ocean.
Sunleif Rasmussen’s music may not seem inherently Faroese, but deep within the musical structure lingers traces of accumulated Faroese folk songs deconstructed and rebuilt in the form of a musical pantry of notes;
notes which may rightly be called Rasmussen’s own – and new – while still retaining a relation to Faroese tradition and history.
At a ceremony on the 18th of April the Symphony nr. 2 “The Earth Anew” by Sunleif Rasmussen received the danish publisher award “Carl Prisen” at the breweries of Carlsberg in Copenhagen.
On the 8th of Mai at 10.30 am a new Cantata by Sunleif Rasmussen for soprano and baritone soloist, Choir and Barok-ensemble will be premiered in Trinitatis Church in Copenhagen.