Else Marie  Pade
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Else Marie Pade

(1924-2016)

Else Marie Pade was one of the pioneers of electronic music in Denmark. From the beginning of the 1950s, she, in close co-operation with technicians and assistants on The Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR), produced a substantial amount of concrete and electronic music, partly in the shape of independent works for radio broadcasts, partly in the shape of accompaniments to various radio dramas.

She began by taking private lessons in composition from both Vagn Holmboe, Jan Maegaard and Leif Kayser. In 1952 she discovered the works of Pierre Schaeffer, the originator of the new movement within the French field of electronic music: musique concrète.

After visiting Schaeffer in 1952, she began to study the aesthetics and techiques of musique concrète. In the latter half of the 1950s, Pade, together with Lauridsen, organised an interimistic electronic sound studio at DR, where one could work with both concrete and synthetically produced sound material - a synthesis which was also a prominent issue in the new Italian sound studio, Studio de Fonologia Musicale, where people like Luciano Berio, Henri Posseur and John Cage were working.

From 1957 until the middle of 1970s, Pade experienced a productive period in which she created a long series of electronic works and thereby made a name for herself, both in Denmark and to a certain extent in international electronic circles.

With the change of century Else Marie Pade experienced a rising popularity from the new generation of composers and electronic music listeners. In her essay "The Compositional Possibilities are Endless", Else Marie Pade writes about her music and dramatic life.

Listen to The Lake's Podcast Kender du Else Marie Pade?

Following funds have supported the digitalization of Else Marie Pade's scores, parts, tapes and the making of the podcast serie by The Lake Radio possible: Augustinus Fonden, A.P. Møller Fonden, Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond, Konsul Georg Jorck og Hustru Emma Jock's Fond, Kodas Kulturelle Midler, Sonning Fonden, Statens Kunstfond - projektstøtteudvalget. 

Available Works

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  1. Immortella

    1970 • Else Marie Pade

    7+ Instruments

    63 minutes

    7 percussionists (20 instruments), electro-acoustically processed

  2. Et spil for cello

    1962 • Else Marie Pade

    Solo

    16 minutes

    Solo cello and visuals

  3. Symphonie Magnétophonique

    1958 • Else Marie Pade

    Other

    20:02 minutes

    Musique concrète

  4. Historien om syndefaldet

    1969 • Else Marie Pade

    Other

    Toy and other instruments, kitchen utensils & mobiles

  5. Klangfarver

    1973 • Else Marie Pade

    Other

    15:40 minutes

    Electronic music

  6. Völo-spa hov est

    1956 • Else Marie Pade

    Choir

    8 minutes

    Choir SSAA

  7. Glasperlespil I & II

    1960 • Else Marie Pade

    Other

    15:42 minutes

    Electronic music

  8. Græsstrået

    1964 • Else Marie Pade

    2-6 Instruments

    22:50 minutes

    Prepared piano, violin and electronic music

  9. Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra

    1954 • Else Marie Pade

    Orchestra

    2.2.2.2/4.1.2.1/timp,perc,cel,hrp/archi

  10. Etude

    1965 • Else Marie Pade

    Orchestra

    2.2.0.0/4.4.0.0/2timp/archi & solo violin

  11. Parametre

    1954 • Else Marie Pade

    Orchestra

    String orchestra

  12. Drømme Jørgen

    1981 • Else Marie Pade

    Solo

    16:20 minutes

    Solo flute and tape (prepared piano)

  13. Far, mor og børn

    1975 • Else Marie Pade

    Music Drama and Stage Music

    55 minutes

    E-organ, e-guitar, guitar, toy instruments, percussion & sound inserts with concrete music

  14. 4 Anonyme Sange

    1955 • Else Marie Pade

    2-6 Instruments

    Alto voice and clarinet in Bb

  15. Efterklange for slagtøj

    1984 • Else Marie Pade

    Solo

    18:30 minutes

    Percussion and prepared piano (one player)

  16. Maria

    1980 • Else Marie Pade

    Choir

    23 minutes

    Tape-essay for coloratura soprano, bass-baritone, and speaking choir

  17. Suite for kammerorkester

    1953 • Else Marie Pade

    7+ Instruments

    10 minutes

    1.1.1.1/2.1.0.0/perc/arp/1.1.1.1.1

  18. Circles of Sevenths

    1959 • Else Marie Pade

    2-6 Instruments

    7:10 minutes

  19. Faust

    1962 • Else Marie Pade

    Other

    31:18 minutes

  20. Afsnit I, II og III

    1961 • Else Marie Pade

    Other

    14:10 minutes

    Solo violin and percussion pre-recorded for 3 loudspeaker groups




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  1. Else Marie Pade event

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    Else Marie Pade event

  2. Upcoming recording of Else Marie Pade's orchestral works

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    Upcoming recording of Else Marie Pade's orchestral works

  3. Nomination · Kender du Else Marie Pade?

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    Nomination · Kender du Else Marie Pade?

  1. Podcast launch · Else Marie Pade

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    Podcast launch · Else Marie Pade

  2. Save 25% on all solo pieces

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    Save 25% on all solo pieces

  3. Great interest in Else Marie Pade

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    Great interest in Else Marie Pade

  4. Celebrating female composers

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    Celebrating female composers

  5. PULSAR with Pade and Steen-Andersen

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    PULSAR with Pade and Steen-Andersen

  6. Else Marie Pade's works will be compiled at Edition·S

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    Else Marie Pade's works will be compiled at Edition·S

  7. Else Marie Pade investigation at Edition·S

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    Else Marie Pade investigation at Edition·S

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