Finn Lykkebo began his musical education in earnest at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in 1960—initially as a church musician, and from 1963 onwards also with music theory and music history as principal subjects. He also studied composition under Per Nørgård, and at the same time Lykkebo composed choral settings, piano music and songs, primarily in smaller, more modest forms. Lykkebo always stood slightly on the periphery of the circle of young composers at the Academy, which centred around Per Nørgård. In 1965, when Nørgård left the Royal Danish Academy of Music to take up a similar teaching post at the Academy of Music in Aarhus, his pupils followed him there—with the exception of Finn Lykkebo, who henceforth stood on his own two feet as a composer, and basically regarded himself as self-taught in this capacity. After his diploma exam in 1966, Lykkebo worked as a lecturer in music theory at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Esbjerg (formerly the Vestjysk Musikkonservatorium) until 1981. Works from this period include Tableaux pour piano, composed in 1969 and revised in 1978. Tableaux is Lykkebo’s only published piano composition (it is published by Samfundet til udgivelse af dansk Musik).