News Archive - Landsbókasafn

Sailor´s day on Sunday


Bjarni M. Gíslason (1908-1980) was born at Stekkjarbakki, Tálknafjörður, Iceland. He was a sailor as a young man and published his first book of poetry at the age of 25, „Jeg ýti úr vör“ (I launch the boat), the same year „Sigling“ was released on a record. Bjarni sailed to Denmark that same year, 1933, and lived  there for the rest of his live. He was a teacher, a scholar and published books of poetry, a novel and treatise on Icelandic manuscripts.

Here you can listen to Erling Ólafsson (1910-1934) sing Bjarni´s poem „Sigling“. The song is better known as "Torna a Surriento", composed by Italian composer Ernesto De Curtis (1875–1937):



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