Well, he's one of the most famous living Scandinavian composers. Nørgård's
beautiful and formidable output places him both within the symphonic tradition of his regional predecessors, Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius, but also shows him breaking new ground through the use of a unique 'infinity series' style of serial composition. Yet whatever technique he employs, the result is an engaging blend of old and new – a timbral nostalgia for the golden age of symphonic sound mixed with a front-facing harmonic and melodic language.
Today we will introduce Q2 listeners to Mr. Nørgård's music through two chamber pieces – Prelude to Breaking and Spell – alongside the sprightly, wintry Eighth Symphony, which owes its lean structure and terse form to ideas gleaned from Sibelius himself.