Saturday, February 16, 2013

Iceland: Pall Isolfsson

Iceland issued this stamp honoring Pall Isolfsson on 14 August 1991, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the death of the musician. This stamp (Scott 744) was part of a set of two, the other honoring Ragnar Jonsson, an arts patron. The Jonsson stamp is configured horizontally compared to the Isolfsson's stamp vertical orientation.

Pall Isolfsson studied organ in Germany and Paris, after which he returned to Iceland. In 1938 he became organist of Reykjavik Cathedral and appointed director of both the Reykjavik Conservatory and the Icelandic Radio. His published works include piano pieces, chorus music and cantatas.

This stamp includes no representation of an organ. It took considerable searching to learn of Isolfsson's connection to the instrument.  The current instrument in the Reykjavik Cathedral is a massive instrument by the German firm, Klais, installed in 1992. I have not found any information about the instrument Isolfsson might have actually played.

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