The Law of August Pétursson

Disc released in 2001 on August's 80th birthday. Costs 2,000 kr. Home delivery. The orders are received at agusta.sigrun@outlook.com and on 899 4428.

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August (Metúsalem) Pétursson was born on June 29, 1921, in Hallgilsstadir in North Thingeyjarsýsla, but grew up shortly thereafter, in the town of Höfn near Finnafjörður, the son of the couple Peter Metúsalemsson and Sigríður Friðriksdóttir. When he was 19 years old (1940) he went to the Westman Islands and took a boy's degree in carpentry, the craft he worked on since then, most of the time with the Old Company in Reykjavik.

August played on various instruments. He studied organ with his father, who was an organist in the parish church at Skeggiestadir near Bakkaflói, and learned all of his siblings' basic music. The first harmonica got him young years ago, but it was a knickknack and he himself managed to master the instrument. After coming to the Westman Islands, he played saxophone with the trumpet band under the direction of Oddgeir Kristjánsson. Along with that, he voiced and sang bass in an octet called the Smarak Quartet, which was operated in the years 1944-45 in the Westman Islands. He played dance games in the People's House and in the Assembly House in the Westman Islands, the lungs of his time there during the 1940-45 period. At that time, Gleym-me-ei was created with Kristján from Djúpalæk's lyrics, but the mayor decided to ban the transfer of the song because the text mentioned the Lord, but it did not seem appropriate at that time. Árni Tryggvason explains this in his book, but he had learned the song from the ear by a man who learned it from a man who was present at the Danish dance in question where the song was performed. 35 years later, Árni came to August and asked for the song to be played in Austurbæjarbíó and the song could still be correct.

He wrote the song "Youth Remembrance" in 1944, but he did not make it until the SKT dance competition in 1952, that he sent the song to the competition for his wife's agony. Youth memory received II. prize in the competition, and was voted the best Icelandic dance team in 1953, in a poll of the magazine Hljómplatteunjungar. Jenni Jónsson received the same recognition for the text. Later, the song received special recognition from the Association of Icelandic Poets.

Kristján frá Djúpalæk was Augustine's youth and friend, and he wrote most of August's songs. Jenni Jónsson and Loftur Jónsson also wrote many texts for him, but he also had to compose texts himself with his songs and hereby informs that the text of the song Oskastund is after him himself.

In 1945 he moved to Reykjavík with his fiance he had met in the Vestmannaeyjar, Gudruna Dagnýja Kristjánsdóttir from Hvammi at Fáskrúðsfjörður and they married on November 2, 1946. He was a Kópavogs resident from 1951 and owned his home all the time at Álftron 3, their three children; Harpa, Peter Omari and Augusta Sigruna.

He played dance games with Jenna Jónsson and Jóhanni Eymundsson and for years they played members in the Skátaheimilinn at Snorrabraut under the name Hljómatrioio. August was one of the founders of the Reykjavik Harmonics Association. Soon after the organization, he brought the company, the march he dedicated to them, the Harmony March.

August died on July 28, 1986.

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