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… und Helle Musik

1990

… is not as bright as it may sound. The music more moves on nightly excursions. Sometimes even with and air of nightmare …

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… und Schein wird Wesen

1985

… are the final words from a poem by Hermann Hesse. The poem is one of Hesse’s last, and the music is some of Mogens Christensen’s first …

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15 Micromiti

1995

Directly translated, Micromiti, mean small myths, and the work may be understood as a number of small stories linked together …

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2 French Songs and an Interlude

1988

The French text is partly anonymous, partly written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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3 Bachatellattacca

2007

… arose from the words Bach – bagateller – attacca, because the three movements are played attacca …

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3 Børli Songs

1991-93

3 songs to texts by Norwegian poet Hans Børli – often called poet of the forest, because it was the life as a forest worker that was his source of inspiration …

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3 Sisters

1990

This small composition is for three sisters, and is in three movements suitable for less experienced pupils

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3 Sommersange

1984-85

Teksten til disse tre sange for ligestemmigt kor er skrevet af Piet Hein. Den musikalske stil er let og helt i pagt med teksten

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5 Sarvig Motets

1987-91

As a contrast to the poems in Pessimisticum, the motet texts radiate “whiteness” and redemption …

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9 Dansebagateller

2008

9 Dansebagateller for blokfløjte og guitar kan høres som variationer over en gammel bryllupsmelodi fra Himmerland.

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A Fancyer’s Delight

1993

Recorder concerto with the subtitle ornitologic scherzo – which gives a hint to the piece’s content and idea …

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Adagio

2003

Just like allegro, adagio has som additional meanings: cautious, silent, meticulous, hushed. Those qualities are examined in this piece …

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Aksara

2006

The work focuses on sound. The title Aksara refers to a language phenomenon, where one letter may exist solely by force of its sound

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Anastasis

2004

… a “go” at “coaxing” sounds out of painter Per Kirkeby’s ceiling – and wall painting of the same name at Aarhus University …

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Ange Silencieux

1994

The title was taken from a poem by Rilke, in which was an angel which remenbered everything that human beings tend to forget: The silent angel

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Angelo Silente

1994

Angelo Silente is a sister work of Ange Silencieux …

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Aquarius (Circulus stellae)

2001

… makes part of a number of pieces with inspiration from zodiacs

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Aquarius Eclipticae

2004

Aquarius eclipticae is the 11th movement in Liber Eclipticae, and finds its inspiration in the zodiac of Aquarius

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Aquarius Funiensis

2003

Aquarius Funiensis er en forkortet og bearbejdet udgave for kammerensemble af den tilsvarende sats fra Liber Eclipticae

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Arie(s)

2013

… is a very abbreviated one-part version of Aries Eclipticae. Available in a version for oboe and one for recorder

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Aries (Circulus Stellae)

1997

Aries is part of the cycle Circulus Stellae, consisting of 4 orchestra movements with inspiration form astrologic zodiacs

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Aries Eclipticae

1997

Aries eclipticaeis the first movement in the piano cycle Liber Eclipticae, and finds its inspiration in the zodiac of Aries. The Motto is: Forwards!

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Aries Funiensis

2000

Aries Funiensis Aries Funiensis is an abbreviated and revised version for chamber ensemble of the equivalent movement from Liber Eclipticae

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Busy Bees and Birds

2005, rev. 2013

Her spiller fuglene en mere afdæmpet rolle. Til gengæld synes andre bevingede væsner at have overtaget det musikalske rum: de travle, summende bier …

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Cadenza

1990

The title has a somewhat double meaning, since the word candenza may both refer to virtouso passages in a solo concerto, and to something descending

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Cadenza for Mozart Piano Concerto No. 25

1999

This is a cadenza for piano with both Mozart-elements and modern tone language

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Cancer Eclipticae

2012

Cancer eclipticae is the 4th movement in Liber Eclipticae, and finds its inspiration in the zodiac Cancer. Motto: You have to deserve the right to get to know me!

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Capricorn Eclipticae

2013

Dette klaverstykke er 10. sats i Liber Eclipticae og finder sin inspiration i stjernetegnet stenbuk. Motto: Gennem trængsler til stjernerne.

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Château d’ètoile

2006-7

A piano concertino in one movement. On certain occasions, a single and simple melodic idea arises …

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Children’s Corner

2001

All music for this piece was created by 70 children from Copenhagen schools – however, they did not piece it together, structure it and orchestrate it

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Circulus Stellae

1997

Circulus Stellae består af 4 orkestersatser og er en cyklus af små karakterstykker med dyrekredsen som en slags udgangspunkt …

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Cjazzical Winds

2005

… was written for a music competition for music schools. The piece won the prize for best work …

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Couronne

2005

The best way into this work is a poem by Lene Henningsen, THE STONE, from her collection Siden som stjerne (Later as a star)

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Crystalline DeLight

1995

… the violent, sounds close to noise, the tumultaric, a strange rhythmic-metric character. And the more delicacy in the delicate passages …

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Crystalline Light

1999

The crystalline in the form of overwhelming sound massives, and light in the form of high, wintercold, and static sounds weave in and out of each other….

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Det lys bagved

2004

Denne lied for sopran og klaver er skrevet til et digt af Claus Gahrn

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Dream of the Dryads

1995

In this work the thought of the folded dream is expressed. As nymphs living in threes, dryads are themselves a sort of dream beings. Dream beings dreaming …

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Dream within Dream

1989

… is a good example of the interest in the sounds of dream, which fascinated Mogens Christensen so much during the years around 1990

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Dreamless Fragments

1994

… is the last one in a series of 3 violin sonatas. One differs with its cruelty from the two others, but also, at the same time, sums them all up

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Dreams within Dreams

1990

… although this 1st violin concerto moves through many different landscapes, a dream conceived melody is the whole backbone of this work

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Dreamtimes

1988, rev 1994

… with the original aboriginees, dreamtime meant a constant process of creation. A flight of the thought in tones over this conception of life was quite obvious

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Dryads of the Dreams

1996

Version of Dryadernes Drøm for two guitars

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East Earth DrEaming

2005

During the work, this arrangement of sounds searched in direction of the Australian didgeridoo. As the piece furthermore moves in large circles, the title was hard to avoid…

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Echoes of Fragments

2006

Echoes of Fragments may be taken literally: As an echo of the violin solo Dreamless Fragments. But there are more mirrors in the work than just one echo …

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Eius in oriente

1998

… the title comes from a gregorian alleluia sequence for Twelfth Night: Vidimus stellam eius in Oriente … We see his star in the East …

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El caballero de la triste Figura – la Muerte

1999

The piece La Muerte is from a “Dutch Treat-opera”, where several composers wrote scenes for the life of Don Quijote

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El mar del tiempo perdido

1990

The closeness in mood to Gabriel García Márquez’ short story of the same name from 1961 is obvious and not accidental …

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El mar, las rosas y el sueño perdido

1993

… here many expressions are looked into: the quiet and the brushed up, the thorned and the beautiful, the close and the longing: just like the sea…. the roses…. and the vanished dream…

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Elf and Fairy Sprite

1989

… it is full of tones – or is it elves? – in the beginning, but gradually the activity is subdued to give way to something else…

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Englelys (Angels’ Light)

1998

… is an arrangement for solo instruments of one of the songs from Systema Naturae. Suitable for beginners

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Esprit Féerique

1989

Version of Elf and Fairy Sprite for violin and guitar

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Et incarnatus est

2013

Et incarnatus est is a piece for organs with strong lungs – great chords, high volume – and for organists with fast fingers, flying feet and a big heart…

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Eternelle

1994

… as the name nearly indicates, it is a perpetuum mobile – an eternity machine – with a constant stream of fast tones …

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Fanfare-Rapsodi

1990

…playing with rhythm and sound. Playing against the organ – and together with. Like two equal partners, and not like an organ concerto …

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Feuerspiegel

2010

… fascinationen af ild og spejle transformeret til lyd. Blokfløjte og accordeon spejler hinanden, så der skabes en illusion af et helt tredje instrument …

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Finite Infinity

1992

The English poems were written by Emily Dickinson: LOVE is anterior to life/Posterior to death/ Initial of creation and/ The exponent of breath …

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Flower Crystals

1987

To text by Danish author Sophus Claussen. Both author and composer are fascinated by the eastern mysticism and spiritual thinking

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Flower Faces

1986

Version of Morgenhav (Morning Sea) for soprano and organ or for soprano and piano. Text by Danish author Ole Sarvig

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Flower Light

2005

A small simple piece for piano – built over a song from the opera Systema Naturae. The piece is easy to access for beginners

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Forårsord (4-stemmigt)

2014

… findes i flere versioner, som henvender sig til både amatører og professionelle. Denne version er for 4 st. pigekor

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Forårsord (to lige stemmer og klaver)

2013

… findes i flere versioner, som henvender sig til både amatører og professionelle. Denne version er for to lige stemmer og klaver

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Forårstrio – Spring Trio

2015

Fløjte, guitar og cello kalder på noget let og smidigt, og da der allerede findes en Sommertrio for denne besætning, lå tanken om en forårstrio lige for.

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Gemini (Circulus Stellae)

1997

Gemini is part of the cycle consisting of 4 orchestra movements with inspiration from astrologic zodiacs.

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Gemini Eclipticae

1998

Gemini Eclipticae is the 3rd movement in Liber Eclipticae, and finds its inspiration in the zodiac Gemini. Motto: Now listen!

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Gemini Funiensis

2002

Gemini Funiensisis an abbreviated and revised version for chamber ensemble of the equivalent movement from Liber Eclipticae

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Gura – det groende mørke (Gura, – the growing Darkness)

1993

Inspired by Danish author Johs. V. Jensen’s strange, overlooked, but incredibly beautiful myth about Gura, “the being you die from seeing”….

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Hachighaeshi

2009

Hachighaeshi relates to the Japanese shakuhachi-tradition, Japanese bamboo flute, and is for an untraditional combination of instruments: Flute, violin, viola and double bass

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Haldtre

2006

Bag denne mærkelige titel gemmer der sig en allegro-trio for saxofon, violin og klaver.

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Høstnatsfugle / Birds of an Autumn Night

1998, rev. 2014

…in the foggy autumn night with is gradual leave fall and necrosis, the birds have nearly grown silent …

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Høstord

2013

… findes i flere versioner, som henvender sig til både amatører og professionelle. Dette er en enkel version for 2 stemmer med klaver

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Hyperion Schicksalslied

1982

This small song for soprano and small ensemble was created one dark night around 3 o’clock. Hölderlin’s poem gave the impulse to start as a composer. One hour later, Opus 1 was a reality!

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Hyperion Schicksalslied (orchestra version)

1984

The debut work, built on a poem by Friecrich Hölderlin, is a soundwise mirroring of the poem, about man’s longing for another world

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Ilddråber /Sølvdråbers vinterild (Fire Drops/Silver Drops’ Winter Fire)

2003

This song for soprano, piano, and guitar was written to a poem by Danish author Claus Gahrn

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Increasing Dream Landscape

2007

Increasing Dream Landscape er en udgave for solofløjte af sidste sats i blæserkvintetten Bachatellattacca .

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Khazarian Mirrors

1991-93

… she saw herself in the mirrors with closed eyelids, and immediately died. She died, killed by the letters from the past and from the future simultaneously …

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Krebsens vendekreds (The Tropic of Cancer)

1989

… originally called Krepsens vennekrets – because a person born in Cancer had invited – well – his circle of friends – to his birthday party…

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Krystalvækst (Crystal Growth)

1992

A virtuoso work for flute solo, which exploits all effects of the instrument…. multiphonics, noise sounds – and melodies..

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La Folia Follemente

2005

… is virtuoso musicinspired by the folia of the Baroque. The work uses the qualities of the folia – for three instruments, recorder, saxophone, and percussion.

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La froide majesté d’abîme de la mer

1996

… arose from the imagination that – with wide open eyes and at full conscience – one lets oneself fall deep down through a greenish sea …

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Las flores del mar de la muerte

1993

The music in this 2nd violin concerto sways between magic-introvert surfaces, and strongly rhythmical – nearly dancing – parts.

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Le chemin de diamant

1996

… the imagination that even one of the world’s strongest stones, the diamond, was, in fact, once in the early times, liquid, – provided good ideas for this piece …

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Leo Eclipticae

2011

Dette klaverstykke er 5. sats i Liber Eclipticae og finder sin inspiration i stjernetegnet Løven. Motto: Jeg er kongen!

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Liber Eclipticae

1997-2013

A collection of 12 pieces, where each one refers to one of classic astrology’s zodiacs. The pieces may be performed in total, as single pieces, or according to any other pattern.

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Libra Eclipticae

2000

Libra eclipticae is the 7th movement in Liber Eclipticae, and finds its inspiration in the zodiac of Libra. The Motto is: Look to both sides!

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LILOIORI

1997

concerto for harp and percussion perhaps like a kind of Beauty and the Beast – And this is how it actually appears – most of the time …

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Logitanion

2006

A work for organ and electronics. An easy-to-use stand-alone-patch is developed for both Mac and Windows, available for download.

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Lord Salisbury Pavane & Gaillarde

1999

… written for the Euterpe Ensemble,when they wanted to perform both the old 17th century dances and a modern version …

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Mellem livets afgrunde (Between the Abysses of Life)

1983

This opus 4 is characterized by sharp contrasts – caused by Otto Gelslted’s poem “Mennesket” (The Human Being), about contrasts which stimulate each other …

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Morgenhav (Morning Sea)

1986

Text by Danish author Ole Sarvig: Blomsteransigter/små søvnsole skare/lyse årvågne, som færdes tidligt/i sommeren/Hvordan kom I her? …

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Night Flying Winter Cranes / Vintertraner

2005, rev. 2012

Vintertraner is composed in the japanese shakuhashi-tradition, bamboo flute, including European approaches …

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Nocturnal Birds

1993- 1998

…is a collection of four season pieces, which may be performed singularly or in total. The word night is not to be taken too seriously, since birds only rarely sing at night….

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Nordic Summer Ghosts

1996

… ideen opstod i fangehullet på det finske Tavastehus slot en varm augustdag. Genfærd og ånder stod i kø – ja ligefrem talte i munden på hverandre …

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Nordic Summer Scherzo Recorder Concerto

2014

Recorder concerto written as an hommage to Danish composer Axel Borup-Jørgensen. The approach is the cheerful scherzo

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Norske barnerim (Norwegian Children’s Rhymes)

1988-89

The text was written by Norwegian author André Bjerke. His way of playing with the language is very much similar to that of Danish author Halfdan Rasmussen

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Obiter audientia

1988

… on of his very first chamber works.the deep double bass and the multi-coloured percussion try, all the way through this piece, to find a mutual sound foothold..

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Orfiske Ildklipper (Orphic Firerocks)

1988

… a key to listening might be to follow this small piece’s voyage from overwhelming energy over a break-into-pieces to a silent final flute solo …

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Passatoni

2012

Passatoni means something like: Let the tones pass. The piece is available in two versions. Both may well be played by amateur orchestras.

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Percamore

2015

The viola d’amore is an “extinct” instrument. In Percamore, it is combined withpercussion instruments in dialogue between the force of the percussion: noise, and that of the viola d’amore: melody and resonance.

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Percorsi oscuri

2015

Dette stykke for sinfonietta bevæger sig ad uransalige stier gennem voldsomme, blide og helt tavse landskaber

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Pessimisticum

1993

A “departure tribute” to the century of value nihilism, building on the 3 “blackest” psalms from Ole Sarvig’s poem collections

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Pisces (Circulus Stellae)

1997

Pisces is part of the cycle Circulus Stellae, consisting of 4 orchesra movements with inspiration from astrologic zodiacs.

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Pisces Eclipticae

1997

… is part of the piano cycle of Liber Ecliptcae. Pisces is the last zodiac, and the first of the 12 pieces to be written…

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Pisces Funiensis

2001

Pisces Funiensis is an abbreviated and revised version for chamber ensemble of the equivalent movement from Liber Eclipticae …

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Prinsesse Atehs svundne digte (The vanished poems of Princess Ateh)

1991

… with the khazars, Princess Ateh is the mysterious key person, appearing in all sorts of shapes, but of whom nobody can work out the substance …

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Queen Hatasu’s Halo

2000

… finds its inspiration in a myth by Danish author Johs. V. Jensen. When finding a small stone figure imaginations about the old music takes off and flies …

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Reflets de cristal /Krystallys /Crystal Reflections

1992

The crystalline is here the inspiration. However, this does not prevent the work from being full of rhythmical variation, untamed liveliness and … surprises

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Rosenspur

1985

… is the first sheer instrumental work. The work appears in a fairytale-like mood interrupted by more forwards-thrusting parts….

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Sagitarius Eclipticae

2013

Sagitarius eclipticae is the 9th movement in Liber Eclipticae and finds its inspiration in the zodiac Sagitarius. Motto: Freedom is the best gold!

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Salme 23 (Psalm 23)

2000

the text to this work for choir is Psalm 23 from the Old Testament reading: The Lord is my Shepheard, I shall miss nothing….

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Sanfter Flügel

1994

… is a small simple work in two movements, suitable for oboe pupils with some experience

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Scherzo Elsinkiore

1996

… is a lively chamber music piece, suitable for music school pupils with some years of practice

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Scorpio eclipticae

2013, rev 2014

Scorpio eclipticae is the 8th movement in Liber Eclipticae and finds its inspiration in the zodiac Scorpio. Motto: All or nothing!

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Sinfonia Inspansiva

1998

The music exploits – just like Carl Nielsen’s Espansiva – the possibilities of stretching and shrinking the musical material…

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Skærsommernatsfugle (Midsummer Night Birds)

1994

Chamber work for recorder, guitar and electronics – Summer’s melancholic birds’ callling …

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Snow Light / Snelys

1994

Inspired by a poem by Ole Sarvig: Solhjul i træerne/og høj, blå himmel,/gylden sne og glasklar kulde,/solens skin i diamantsplinter … (Sunwheels in the trees/and high blue sky/golden snow and glass-like coldness – the sun’s reflection in diamond pieces)

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Something about Samis, Chinese, Elves and Owls

2004

These 4 small piano silly-pieces in a gay style are, to a certain extent, a piano version of Norske Barnerim (Norwegian Nursery Rhymes)

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Sommerord

2013

En lille vrøvleglad sommersang for kor. Sommerord findes i versioner for amatører (2 eller tre lige stemmer plus klaver ad lib.) og professionelle (4-stemmig a cappella).

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Sommerzauber

2000

This version of Sommerzauber for three flutes is a revision of the original work for flute and guitar

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Sommerzauber

1999

… small instrumental smalltalk on a musical arabesque. Many things are said, – of limited importance. However, after some time, a little thoughtfulness appears.

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Stemmer (Voices)

1983

The text for this vocal work was written by Danish Author Ole Sarvig: Sent. Set. Alt er snart sket … (Late. Seen. Soon all has happened….)

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Summer Words

2013

… available in several versions for both amateurs and professionals. This is a simple version for 2-3 equal parts and piano.

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Systema naturae

1998

The opera is a presentation of the whole of Swedish botanist Carl von Linné’s life, as he thinks back on it on the last day of his life …

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Taurus Eclipticae

2011

Taurus eclipticae is the 2nd movement in Liber Eclipticae, and finds its inspiration in the zodiac Taurus. The Motto is: Take it easy!

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The Tale of Adam Ruhani

1992

The essence in the legends about Adam Ruhani may be summarized into a motto: Time is just the part of eternity that comes too late… …

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The very old Rivers’ River

2008

… is the place in Astrid Lindgren’s The Brothers Lionheart, that parts human beings from the dragon living behind a river

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To Julie-Kantilener (Two Juliet Cantilenes)

2002

… two small pieces written over a couple of quotations from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet …

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Træ (Wood)

1983

… a relatively early work, where strange exploitation of the instruments, mixtures of instruments and song voices contribute to throwing special upon this piece …

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Tropics

1993

… is silent and, at times, rather remote music. The title comes from the fact that part of the music is a development of the piece Zodiac of Cancer …

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Two Tafdrup Songs

2008

The two gay songs are, in spite of their fine titles, about irritating insects: Moskitoes and winter flies.

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Vårnatsfugle (Birds of a Spring Night)

1993

… virtuoso and teasing birds music for recorder solo …

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Vårnatsfugle / Birds of a Spring Night

1997, rev. 2011

After several flutists have shown an interest in the recorder piece of Vårnatsfugle, this version for flauto traverso arrived …

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Vinterlys / Winter Light

1991

… tries to catch all winter lights, ranging from the silent drop of snow, via introvert dusk mood to glittering masses of light from a low “hanging” winter sun….

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Vinternatsfugle / Birds of a Winter Night

1996, abbreviated veresion: 2014

Birds of a Winter Night is more pensive than the cheerful and voluptious Birds of a Spring Night and Birds of a Summer Night …

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Virgo Eclipticae

2013

Virgo eclipticae is the 6th movement in Liber Eclipticae and finds its inspiration in the zodiac Virgo. Motto: Order!

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Weihnacht und Trompete

1999

Trumpet Concertino

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Weltwesen

2001

… here we work with SOUND – not with feelings nor moods. whichever imaginations the music creates is of no interest. sound and time …

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Whisky-Galop

1999

… may be taken as Lumbye’s Champagne Galop on speed: Stuffed with fun, lyric, grotesque, and absurd ideas …

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Winterzauber

1999

… in many ways a counterpart to Sommerzauber’s buzzing around. The style is “modern” with marked and abrups breaks in music, character, and dynamics …

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Zauberwald (St. Florian)

1999

… has two movements: One short based on rhythm, and a somewhat longer one with obvious weft from Anton Bruckner’s symphonic universe..

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Zurvan Akarana

1986

…behind the title lies an old Persian idea of time: the immediate time in hours, seconds, human being’s ages, and the cool untouched eternity: Zurvan …

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