Saturday, 3 May 1986

EGIL MONN-IVERSEN

Born: April 14th, 1928, Oslo (Norway)
Died: July 7th, 2017, Oslo (Norway)
Nationality: Norwegian

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


BIOGRAPHY

Egil Monn-Iversen was a pianist, composer, conductor, and producer who was educated at the Oslo Music Conservatory. He played in several 1940s and 1950s jazz groups, and founded and led ensembles himself. From 1954 until 1963, he was the conductor at the Chat Noir Theatre in Oslo, of which he was the manager from 1959 onwards. 

In the 1950s, Monn-Iversen started his professional activities as an arranger as well, working with – amongst others – Nora Brockstedt. He founded vocal group The Monn-Keys, which included his wife Sølvi Wang. Monn-Iversen set up a production company which published records for the Norwegian market and produced concerts, films, and theatre shows. From the 1960s onwards, he was Head of Music at NRK (Norwegian broadcaster) and Det Norske Teatret; working at NRK involved arranging music for radio and television as well as conducting the Radio Orchestra in various programmes. 

In the 1980s, when his activities for NRK became less time-consuming, Monn-Iversen was chairman of the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet (1981-96) and founded a theatre production company. In 1997, he led the Stockholm China Theatre for a short time.

EUROVISION SONG CONTEST

Egil Monn-Iversen arranged the music for record version and/or live orchestra of 12 Norwegian entries between 1965 and 1980 and was the musical director of several preselections in the 1970s. However, he never accompanied a Norwegian artist abroad to conduct the Eurovision orchestra. In 1986, when the contest was held in Bergen (Norway), Monn-Iversen was the musical director of the show, conducting all interval music as well as the entries from Norway (Ketil Stokkan’s ‘Romeo’) and Denmark (Lise Haavik’s ‘Du er fuld af løgn’). 

EUROVISION INVOLVEMENT YEAR BY YEAR

1960 London
Country – Norway
Song title – "Voi-voi"
Rendition – Nora Brockstedt
Lyrics – Georg Elgaaen
Composition – Georg Elgaaen
Studio arrangement – Egil Monn-Iversen
Live orchestration – Carsten Klouman
Conductor – Øivind Bergh
Score – 4th place (11 votes)

1961 Cannes
Country – Norway
Song title – "Sommer i Palma"
Rendition – Nora Brockstedt
Lyrics – Egil Hagen
Composition – Jan Wølner
Studio arrangement – Egil Monn-Iversen
Live orchestration – Egil Monn-Iversen
Conductor – Øivind Bergh
Score – 7th place (10 votes)

1965 Naples
Country – Norway
Song title – "Karusell"
Rendition – Kirsti Sparboe
Lyrics – Jolly Kramer Johansen
Composition – Jolly Kramer Johansen
Studio arrangement – Egil Monn-Iversen
(studio orchestra conducted by Øivind Bergh)
Live orchestration – Egil Monn-Iversen
Conductor – Øivind Bergh
Score – 13th place (1 vote)

1966 Luxembourg
Country – Norway
Song title – "Intet er nytt under solen"
Rendition – Åse Kleveland
Lyrics – Arne Bendiksen
Composition – Arne Bendiksen
Studio arrangement – Egil Monn-Iversen
Live orchestration – Egil Monn-Iversen
Conductor – Øivind Bergh
Score – 3rd place (15 votes)

1967 Vienna
Country – Norway
Song title – "Dukkemann"
Rendition – Kirsti Sparboe
Lyrics – Ola Bjørnsønn Johannessen
Composition – Tor Hultin
Studio arrangement – Egil Monn-Iversen 
(studio orchestra conducted by Kjell Karlsen)
Live orchestration – Egil Monn-Iversen
Conductor – Øivind Bergh
Score – 14th place (2 votes)

1968 London
Country – Norway
Song title – "Stress"
Rendition –  Odd Børre Sørensen
Lyrics – Ola Bjørnsønn Johannessen
Composition – Tor Hultin
Studio arrangement – Egil Monn-Iversen
(studio orchestra conducted by Kjell Karlsen)
Live orchestration – Rolf Nord
Conductor – Øivind Bergh
Score – 13th place (2 votes)

1969 Madrid
Country – Norway
Song title – "Oj, oj, oj, så glad jeg skal bli"
Rendition – Kirsti Sparboe
Lyrics – Arne Bendiksen
Composition – Arne Bendiksen
Studio arrangement – Egil Monn-Iversen
(studio orchestra conducted by Kjell Karlsen)
Live orchestration – Egil Monn-Iversen
Conductor – Øivind Bergh
Score – 16th place (1 vote)

1971 Dublin
Country – Norway
Song title – "Lykken er…"
Rendition – Hanne Krogh
Lyrics – Arne Bendiksen
Composition – Arne Bendiksen
Studio arrangement – Egil Monn-Iversen
Live orchestration – Egil Monn-Iversen
Conductor – Arne Bendiksen
Score – 17th place (65 votes)

1973 Luxembourg
Country – Norway
Song title – "It’s Just A Game (Å for et spil)"
Rendition – Bendik Singers (Ellen Nikolaysen / Anne-Karine Strøm / Bjørn Kruse / Philip A. Kruse)
Norwegian lyrics – Arne Bendiksen
English lyrics – Robert Williams
Composition – Arne Bendiksen
Studio arrangement – Egil Monn-Iversen
Live orchestration – Egil Monn-Iversen
Conductor – Carsten Klouman
Score – 7th place (89 votes)

1980 The Hague
Country – Norway
Song title – "Sámiid ædnan"
Rendition – Sverre Kjelsberg & Mattis Hætta
Lyrics – Ragnar Olsen
Composition – Sverre Kjelsberg
Studio arrangement – Egil Monn-Iversen 
(studio orchestra conducted by Steinar Ofsdal)
Live orchestration – Egil Monn-Iversen
Conductor – Sigurd Jansen
Score – 16th place (15 votes)

1982 Harrogate
Country – Norway
Song title – "Adieu"
Rendition – Anita Skorgan & Jahn Teigen
Lyrics – Herodes Falsk 
Composition – Jahn Teigen
Studio arrangement – George Keller / Anita Skorgan / Jahn Teigen
Live orchestration – Egil Monn-Iversen 
Conductor – Sigurd Jansen
Score – 12th place (40 votes)

1984 Luxembourg
Country – Norway
Song title – "Lenge leve livet"
Rendition – Dollie de Luxe (Benedicte Adrian & Ingrid Bjørnov)
Lyrics – Benedicte Adrian / Ingrid Bjørnov
Composition – Benedicte Adrian / Ingrid Bjørnov
Studio arrangement – Egil Monn-Iversen
Live orchestration – Egil Monn-Iversen
Conductor – Sigurd Jansen
Score – 17th place (29 votes)

1986 Bergen (1)
Country – Norway
Song title – “Romeo”
Rendition – Ketil Stokkan
Lyrics – Ketil Stokkan
Composition – Ketil Stokkan
Studio arrangement – Rolf Løvland / Anders Engberg
Live orchestration – Rolf Løvland
Conductor – Egil Monn-Iversen (MD)
Score – 12th place (44 votes)

1986 Bergen (2)
Country – Denmark
Song title – "Du er fuld af løgn"
Rendition – Lise Haavik "Trax"
Lyrics – John Hatting
Composition – John Hatting
Studio arrangement – Jan Glæsel / Jørgen Thørup
Live orchestration – Jan Glæsel
Conductor – Egil Monn-Iversen (MD)
Score – 6th place (77 votes)

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