Axel  Borup-Jørgensen
Photo: Leif Hesselberg

Axel Borup-Jørgensen

(1924-2012)

Axel Borup-Jørgensen was born in Denmark but grew up in Sweden. He was admitted to the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen with piano as his main subject and with studies in scoring with Poul Schierbeck and Jørgen Jersild. He was a qualified music teacher but as a composer was mainly self-taught. Even though he was one of the first Danish composers to participate in the Darmstadt Summer Schools, he never wrote serial music.

Borup-Jørgensen's music shows traces of his Swedish adolescence, and is often comprised of Swedish poetry and landscapes. His oeuvre is extensive, including music for orchestra, chamber music, songs with piano accompaniment and other instruments, but especially notable are his works for percussion and guitar. He was a member of the board of Det Unge Tonekunstnerselskab (the Young Composers' Society) and the Society for the Publication of Danish Music, as well as the council of the Danish Arts Foundation. He also received several grants and prizes; most notably in 1965 he received the Lifetime Contribution Award of the Danish Arts Foundation.

Listen to this Swedish Radio programme about Axel Borup-Jørgensen made by Birgitta Tollan.

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  1. Nordisk Sommer Pastorale

    1964 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    Orchestra

  2. To sange

    1963 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

  3. Musik for slagtøj og bratsch

    1956 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    7+ Instruments

  4. Torso

    1965 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

  5. Winterelegie

    1968 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    7+ Instruments

  6. Marin

    1970 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    Orchestra

  7. O Bäume Lebens

    1977 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    7+ Instruments

  8. Cantata

    1962 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    7+ Instruments

  9. Preambula

    1974 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    Solo

  10. Distichon

    1973 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

  11. Bird Concerto

    • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    Solo

  12. Carambolage

    1980 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

  13. Mirrors

    1974 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    7+ Instruments

  14. Mobiler efter Alexander Calder

    1961 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

  15. Intermedio

    1977 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    Solo

  16. Tagebuch im Winter

    1972 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

  17. Ende des Herbstes, Schlußstück

    1963 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

  18. Malinconia

    1974 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

  19. Im Volkston

    1963 • Axel Borup-Jørgensen

    Choir




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