Lars Bisgaard (b. 1947)

Lars Bisgaard studied musicology at the University of Copenhagen followed by studies in music history and theory at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, where he graduated with a diploma in 1973, followed by a exam in music teaching in 1975. Later he continued his education at the Jutland Academy of Music, Aarhus, studying composition. His teacher was Per Nørgård, and he graduated with a diploma in 1981.

Between 1972-1981 he was absorbed in Per Nørgård's hierarchical musical theory and its connection with the symbolic world of astrology, as well as the Czech-American researcher of consciousness Stanislav Grof and his chartings of structures in the unconscious. On the basis of this, Bisgaard developed a tool for musical analysis, and its possible applications were demonstrated in the article "Musikalsk hermeneutik på hierarkisk grundlag - bidrag til en musikalsk fænomenologi" ("Musical hermeneutics on a hierarchical basis: contributions to a musical phenomenology", Danish Annual of Musicology 1985-86). He has taught music history and theory at the Institute of Musicology at the University of Copenhagen between 1975-82 and the same subjects at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music, Odense between 1979-82. Bisgaard was also employed as a lecturer at the Academy of Music in Esbjerg between 1981-92, and since 1993 he has worked at the Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen – becoming a lecturer there in 1995. Additionally, Lars Bisgaard also continues to develop the computer programme ‘HarmonianalyseTutor’ (Tutorial of harmonic analysis) for use in teaching the analysis of functional harmonics.

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