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R. Langgaard

R. Langgaard

R. Langgaard


Born into an intensely musical family in 1893 -- his father was a noted Copenhagen piano teacher and composer, his mother a fine pianist -- eccentric Danish composer Rued Langgaard started as a child prodigy. He was giving concerts from early on, studying in Berlin, having early orchestral works played by local forces and even in Berlin. But something happened to make him into a frustrated, bitter loner. Most likely this was because the Danish musical establishment, then in the thrall of Carl Nielsen, turned their backs on him. Read more on Last.fm
Born into an intensely musical family in 1893 -- his father was a noted Copenhagen piano teacher and composer, his mother a fine pianist -- eccentric Danish composer Rued Langgaard started as a child prodigy. He was giving concerts from early on, studying in Berlin, having early orchestral works played by local forces and even in Berlin. But something happened to make him into a frustrated, bitter loner. Most likely this was because the Danish musical establishment, then in the thrall of Carl Nielsen, turned their backs on him.

He lived with his mother until she died in 1926 and then married her housekeeper. He never got a steady job (as an organist) until his late 40s. And all the while he composed like crazy. He was a prolific composer for the large orchestra, writing 16 symphonies as well as other orchestral works. Music of the spheres is one of his better-known works. It is a symphonic work of great complexity, calling for a large orchestra, organ and choir, a supporting (distant) orchestra including a soprano voice, and a further piano on which the strings are played directly rather than via the keys.

It was composed during World War I, but only performed twice (in Germany in 1921-1922) during Langgaard's lifetime and lay dormant for almost 50 years before being rediscovered. When it was rediscovered in the late 1960s, it was considered remarkably modern and reflective of the pathfinding style in which Langgaard composed. His total production of over 400 works included more than 150 songs, works for piano, organ, and an opera entitled Antikrist (The Antichrist). Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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