Max Sydendal (b. 1960)

Max Sydendal received a Master degree in music science and Latin from the University of Copenhagen.

As a composer, he is autodidact. Sydendal has composed music for orchestras, choruses, the organ, chamber music ensembles and the theatre. It is the symphony orchestra however that has captured Sydendalís great interest. He considers his Omnis Mundi Creatura for orchestra, chorus and soprano solo (text by Alain de Lille) one of his major works. Other major works are Idus Martiae, a symphonic poem for large orchestras, and two compositions for the organ, Fantasia I + II which were written at the urging of the organist Knud Vad, who performed the works throughout Europe, in Australia and Japan.

Max Sydendal does not have a large body of work. It takes considerable time before a composition is complete. In part, he wants his compositions to have the opportunity to slowly settle in and in part, he is often busy directing a chorus and conducting various symphony orchestras.

Form, theme, counterpoint and instrumentation are some of the key words that describe Sydendalís compositions. His composition style often combines the tonal with the atonal. Whether the result is modern is not critical. The way the piece is woven together is whatís important for Sydendal. As a continuation of the late romantic tradition, itís more the large forms, broad lines and longer themes - the "maximalistic" - than the minimalistic that hold his interest. It's a natural consequence that Sydendal's music is dramatic, full of imagery, and as a musician described it: "uncompromising and relentless".