Erik Jørgensen

(1912-2005)

From 1928 Erik Jørgensen took private lessons with Knud Jeppesen (music theory), Rung-Keller (organ) and Anders Rachlew (piano). In 1931 he graduated as an organist from the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, and the same year he started compositional studies with Finn Høffding. As a composer he debuted in 1935 with a Concerto Grosso. In 1943 Erik Jørgensen made his debut as a pianist, and in 1947-48 he graduated as a music educationist with the subjects piano, music theory and history. In the meantime he had in 1936 attended a course of direction with Hermann Scherchen in Geneva.

Between 1947 and 1982 Erik Jørgensen worked as a teacher (later as a lecturer) of music theory and history at both the Royal Institute for the Blind and the Music School for the Visually Impaired in Copenhagen. In his early works until 1943 Erik Jørgensen was inspired by Stravinsky and Bartók. At a later date studies of the musiof Schönberg led him onto dodecaphony, and his Modello per archi from 1957 remains one of the few early examples of pure dodecaphony created by a Danish composer.

Erik Jørgensen was even more inspired when he attended the ISCM Festival in 1960 and the summer course of new music in Darmstadt in 1962. On the whole he is one of the Danish composers who has most wholeheartedly embraced the trends within the international avantgarde. In this way his music from the sixties is characterized by a non-dogmatic use of dodecaphony combined with aleatoric elements. In the late sixties Erik Jørgensen's pallette also included music with a touch of quotes and collages, such as the opera Skyggen af en Drøm (the Shadow of a Dream) which received 1st Prize in the competition arranged by the Young Composers - Society for a youth opera in 1969. Another youth opera, Eventyret (the Fairytale) won the 1st Prize in 1975 in a competition arranged by the Nordic opera houses.

Erik Jørgensen's works from recent years are characterized by a recapitulation of his different ways of expression, resulting in a very personal style. This applies to, say, his symphony A Piece of Life, which had its first performance by the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1985. On this work the composer declared that it can be seen as "a synthesis of fifty years - work as a composer".

Available Works

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  1. Piece for String Quartet

    1965 • Erik Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

    8 minutes

    String Quartet

  2. Figure in tempo

    1961 • Erik Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

    6 minutes

    Cello and Piano

  3. Modello

    1957 • Erik Jørgensen

    Orchestra

    7 minutes

    String Orchestra

  4. Pastorale

    1994 • Erik Jørgensen

    7+ Instruments

    18 minutes

    Oboe solo + picc, ob, Bcl, perc, arpa, cel, gui

  5. 3 lærkesange

    2002 • Erik Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    Voice and piano

  6. Sange fra Nordatlanten

    1991 • Erik Jørgensen

    Choir

    10 minutes

    mixed choir

  7. Koncert for klaver og orkester

    1993 • Erik Jørgensen

    7+ Instruments

    24 minutes

    Piano solo + 1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/2 perc/1.1.1.1.1

  8. Modello II

    1980 • Erik Jørgensen

    7+ Instruments

    20 minutes

    mixed choir, 1.1.A-sax, 1.0/0.0.0.0/4 perc/gl sp/arpa/cel/gui/0.0.0.0.0

  9. Græsset grønnes

    1991 • Erik Jørgensen

    Choir

    3 minutes

    chamber choir

  10. Figurer i tid

    1968 • Erik Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

    5 minutes

    perc, vlc

  11. Symbiose

    1987 • Erik Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

    12 minutes

    vl, vlc

  12. Music for Harp

    1988 • Erik Jørgensen

    Solo

    8:30 minutes

    Harp solo

  13. Quintet

    1962 • Erik Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

    7 minutes

    2 perc, 2 pno, cb

  14. Konfrontationer

    1968 • Erik Jørgensen

    Orchestra

    15 minutes

    3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/4 perc/archi

  15. Trilogi

    1994 • Erik Jørgensen

    Choir

    21 minutes

    chamber choir

  16. Fragments of the Song of Songs

    1978 • Erik Jørgensen

    7+ Instruments

    17 minutes

    Soprano solo + fl, Bcl, 2 perc, pno, cel

  17. Notturno per Orchestra

    1966 • Erik Jørgensen

    Orchestra

    10 minutes

    2.2.2.2/2.1.1.0/6.0.2.2.2

  18. Variazioni per pianoforte

    1966 • Erik Jørgensen

    Solo

    11 minutes

    Piano solo

  19. Improvisationer for Blæserkvintet

    1971 • Erik Jørgensen

    2-6 Instruments

    15 minutes

    Wind Quintet




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