Hans-Henrik  Nordstrøm

Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

(1947-)

Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Nordstrøm has composed music since he was 13 years old, but it was not until 1988 that he stepped forward as a composer at a workshop with the Esbjerg Ensemble. In 1990 he had his official professional debut at a DUT concert in Copenhagen with the piece The Mountains of Monestiés. Since then he has made his mark as a composer and has received numerous commissions and his works have been performed by leading orchestras, ensembles and soloists home and abroad. He has received working bursaries and travel grants from the State Foundation for the Arts every year since 1990, Hans Peter Nielsen's Grant 1991, Danish Composer's Society's Grant 2001 and Wilhelm Hansen Foundation's Grant 2003 & 2004. Composer of the Year 2003 at Bornholms Music Festival. Composer's Portrait of the Year 2004 in Birkeroed, north of Copenhagen.

Since 1991 he has worked exclusively as a composer. He has been one of the artistic leaders of the Contemporary Music in Suså festivals since 1993. Nordstrøm's works have been performed at numerous festivals, concerts and in radio broadcasts both at home in Denmark and abroad.

Most of the time he is working in his house in the woods in Middle Seeland ind Denmark but every summer he is making working spent stays in the North Atlantic area, in the Faroe Islands, in Iceland, In Lofoten, Norway, on the Hebredies, on the Shetland Isles, including Fair Isle, in Ireland and in Brittany in France and the Balkans aswell. In wintertime he is working in southern Europe - Italy, Spain, France, Malta, the Azores, Mexico and the Canarian Isles.

Nordstrøm´s works comprise primarily instrumental music: pieces for orchestra, sinfonietta, ensembles and soloists. There are also some vocal pieces. The music often takes its inspiration impressions from nature, both at a local and a cosmic level, and - in a growing degree - from the literary world, from Borges, Lorca and from Joyce. In other instances the pieces arise from "pure" musical ideas and structures. It is often very emotive music, sometimes of a contemplative character, which speaks not only the listener's intellect but also to his or her emotions. In Nordstrøm´s successive works, in recent years with an increasing number of vocal works, a development can be perceived from a relatively simple but expressive structure to more equivocal, multi-layered and refined expressive forms. These are, however, still firmly rooted in emotional aspects, where the music develops in more complex and plastic directions. The music becomes more pulsating and variable in its gestures while at the same time developing further a preference for delicate work with timbre and the special characteristics of the individual instruments.

Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm´s music has often been described as being markedly Nordic in its tonal quality and the music in some ways does owe much to Nordic music and Nordic nature. But the music is developing and the sources of inspiration are much broader and more comprehensive which can be observed by viewing the increasing number of works inspired from litterature.

Available Works

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  1. Hlíðarendi

    2019 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

    8 minutes

    Double bass solo

  2. Neowise

    2020 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

    17 minutes

    Organ solo

  3. String Quartet No. 8 (Alfama)

    2020 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

    16 minutes

    String quartet

  4. Vandremusik

    2019 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

    7 minutes

    Guitar solo

  5. Nocturnos de la ventana

    2017 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

    4 minutes

    Mezzo-soprano and percussion

  6. Fantasi

    2019 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

    8 minutes

    Flute solo with glissando head joint

  7. Viajar Es

    2019 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

    8 minutes

    Tenor recorder solo

  8. Cycle III

    2016 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

    12 minutes

    1.1.1.1 /1.1.1.0/2perc/pno/hrp/1.1.1.1.1

  9. Strygekvartet nr. 7 ((0))

    2017 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

    11 minutes

    String Quartet

  10. Musica dell'Acqua

    2016 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

    12 minutes

    flute, clarinet, violin & cello

  11. Sphinx

    2015 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

    17 minutes

    1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/perc/hrp/pno/1.1.1.1.1

  12. Cycle II

    2011 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Orchestra

    25: minutes

    3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/3 perc/arpa/pno/archi

  13. The New Fire

    2009 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Orchestra

    29 minutes

    3.3.3.3/4.3.3.1/4 perc/arpa/pno/archi

  14. Skitser fra Island

    2003 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

    13 minutes

    pno, vl, vla, vlc

  15. Skyggernes land

    2000 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

    9 minutes

    Bcl, perc

  16. Vækst

    2002 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

    13 minutes

    Brass Quintet : cor, 2 trp, trb, tuba

  17. Nada y todo

    2001 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

    9 minutes

    4 fl dol

  18. Chac

    2001 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

    13 minutes

    Organ solo

  19. Mouvements

    2000 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

    10 minutes

    Pno, vl, vlc

  20. The Twelve Bens

    2001 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

    14 minutes

    vl, vla, vlc

  21. Nuages élégiaques

    2004 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    Solo

    7 minutes

    Trombone solo

  22. Finnegan's

    2005 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

    28 minutes

    1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/2 perc/arpa/pno/1.1.1.1.1

  23. Fair Isle

    2002 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

    17 minutes

    Cello solo + Concert Band (2fl, 2ob, 3cl, b-cl, bassett-horn 2 fg, 4cor)

  24. Nuages d'automne

    2004 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

    18 minutes

    Trombone solo + 2.1.1.1/1.1.0.0/2 perc/arpa/pno/1.1.1.1.1

  25. In the Woods

    2001 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

    17 minutes

    Violin solo + 1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/2 perc/arpa/pno/1.1.1.1.1

  26. Dialog

    1991 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

    12 minutes

    tuba, perc

  27. Bjergene i Monestiés

    1988 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

    15 minutes

    1.1.1.1/1.0.0.0/1.1.1.1.1

  28. Drømmespor II

    1995 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

    14 minutes

    1.1.1.1/2.1.1.0/2 perc/arpa/pno/1.1.1.1.1

  29. Triptychos

    1990 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    7+ Instruments

    15 minutes

    3 Double basses solo + 1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/timp/perc/1.1.1.1.1

  30. Strygekvartet Nr. 9 (Fra Galicien)

    2021 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

    14 minutes

    String quartet

  31. A.L.P. Tree

    2022 • Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm

    2-6 Instruments

    9 minutes

    for viola and bass clarinet




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Calendar

  1. January 2022
  2. 22

    January

    Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm: Dialog

    location Musikkens Hus, Aalborg, Denmark

    performed by Pro Musica

  1. April 2022
  2. 25

    April

    Hans-Henrik Nordstrøm: Sotto Voce

    location Moderne Mandag, Metronomen, Frederiksberg, Denmark

    performed by Ars Nova Malmö et al

  1. June 2022
  2. 25

    June

    Hens-Henrik Nordstrøm 75 years birthday concert

    time14:00

    location Koncertkirken, København, Denmark

    performed by String Quartet from Athelas & Fritz Bertelsen