See also:♩ Modern composers
Leifs composed 70 works, including Saga Symphony, Elegy, Geysir, Icelandic Dances, Three Images.
Jón Leifs left Iceland to study in Germany when he was 17 years old, and returned to Iceland during World War II. He founded the Union of Icelandic Artists, the Society of Icelandic Composers, and the STEF Performing Rights Society. He was also instrumental in the renaissance of Icelandic music starting in the 1950s. The movie about his life, “Tears of Stone”, is on tour at various arts festivals. His music is unique, following no other mode, based on Icelandic folk songs and the Sagas. The “father of Icelandic music”.