According to the Internet source given below, Egil Hovland is one of Norway's most productive contemporary composers, and also, perhaps, the one whose worksare most frequently performed. He has written symphonic works, concerti for various instruments, chamber music, choral works, music for children and a great number of sacred works of varying dimensions, including a church opera, church ballets and music to modern biblical plays.
He graduated as a church musician from the Oslo Conservatoire and studied composition with Bjarne Brustad, Oslo, Vagn Holmbo
, Copenhagen, Aaron Copland, Tanglewood (USA) and Luigi Dallapiccola in Florence. Since 1949 he has held the post of organist and choir-master at Glemmen church, Fredrikstad.