Who Is Per Norgard?

This episode originally played January 7, 2015

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Thursday, June 09, 2016

Composer Per Nørgård. Composer Per Nørgård. (Kim Nowacki/Q2 Music)

June 11, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic give the US Premiere of Per Nørgård's Eighth Symphony as part of the grand finale for the NY Phil Biennial. Next week, the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble presents Nørgård in New York, a three-day festival of the composer's music. Join us today at 3 pm for a listen to this Brothers Balliett episode dedicated to Per Nørgård.

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.

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Brad Balliett and Doug Balliett

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