Later he became interested in the Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli, who inspired many of Nørgård's works (Anon [n.d.]), including the 4th symphony, the opera Det Guddommelige Tivoli and Papalagi for solo guitar. Nørgård has composed works in all major genres: six operas, two ballets, seven symphonies and other pieces for orchestra, several concertos, choral and vocal works, an enormous number of chamber works (among them ten string quartets) and several solo instrumental works. These include a number of works for the guitar, mostly written for the Danish guitarist Erling Møldrup: In Memory Of... (1978), Papalagi (1981), a series of suites called Tales from a Hand (1985–2001), Early Morn (1997–98) and Rondino Amorino (1999). One of his most important works for percussion solo is I Ching (1982) for the Danish percussionist Gert Mortensen.
He has also composed music for several films, including The Red Cloak (1966), Babette's Feast (1987), and Hamlet, Prince of Denmark (1993). Nørgård is also a prolific writer. He has written many articles dealing with music not only from a technical but also a philosophical viewpoint. Music Nørgård's music often features the use of the infinity series (Danish Uendelighedsrækken) for serializing melody, harmony, and rhythm in musical composition. The method takes its name from the endlessly self-similar nature of the resulting musical material, comparable to fractal geometry. Mathematically, the infinity series is an integer sequence.
The first few terms of its simplest form are 0, 1, −1, 2, 1, 0, −2, 3, … (sequence A004718 in OEIS). Nørgård discovered the melodic infinity series in 1959 and it proved an inspiration for many of his works during the 1960s. However, it was not until his Voyage into the Golden Screen for small ensemble (1968)—which has been identified as the first "properly instrumental piece of spectral composition" (Anderson 2000, 14)—and Symphony No. 2 (1970) that it provided the structure for an entire work (Nørgård 1975, 9). The harmonic and rhythmic infinity series were developed in the early 1970s and the three series were first integrated in Nørgård's Symphony No.
3. Works Symphonic Symphony No. 1 Sinfonia austera (1953–55) Symphony No. 2 (1970) Symphony No. 3 (1972–75) Symphony No.
4 (1981) Symphony No. 5 (1990) Symphony No. 6 At the End of the Day (1998–99) Symphony No. 7 (2006) Concerti Violin Concerto No.
1 Helle Nacht (1986–87) Violin Concerto No. 2 Borderlines Piano Concerto Concerto in due tempi (1994–95) Selected other works Trio No. 1 (1955) Op.15 Konstellationer (Constellations) (1958) Piano Sonata No.2 Op.20 Voyage into the Golden Screen (1968) Libra (1973) Turn (1973) Siddharta (1974–79) Wie ein Kind (Like a Child) (1979–80) Drømmesange (Dream Songs) (1981) I Ching (1982) Najader (The Naiads) (1986) Solo Intimo Op. 8 for Solo 'Cello (1953) Read more on Last.fm.
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