Personalities | Per Nørgård | Contemporary | Classical
(Pâr Ner´-gôr) b. 1932
The most significant Danish symphonist since Nielsen, Nørgård studied at the Royal Danish Conservatory in Copenhagen and privately in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, also corresponding with Sibelius, whose organically evolving textures strongly influenced his later output. In the 1970s he began experimenting with the natural harmonics of the overtone series, sometimes combined in quarter-tone tunings, and (in his Second Symphony, 1970) with his so-called ‘infinity series’, which produces self-similar musical patterns (akin to those of fractal geometry) moving at different speeds in different layers of the orchestral texture. He has written scores for a number of films, including Babette’s Feast (1987) and Royal Deceit (1994).
Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3, Danish National Radio SO (cond) Leif Segerstam (Chandos)
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