Knudåge Riisager

(1897-1974)

Knudåge Riisager was born in Estonia, but his family moved to Denmark in 1900 when he was three years old. In Denmark he studied economics at the University of Copenhagen, whilst being the pupil of Otto Malling and Peder Gram, and later Albert Roussel in Paris. 

From 1939 to 1950 he was Assistant Secretary of the Ministry of Finances. From 1922 to 1924 he was President of the Danish section of ISCM. In 1937 he became the President of Danish Composers' Society, member of the boards of KODA and the Society for the Publication of Danish Music. From 1942 he was a musical advisor to the Danish Radio, and from 1956 director of the Royal Academy of Music. In addition to that he was a member of Musikaliska Akademien in Stockholm.

He is the author of numerous articles in Danish and foreign periodicals. His works include opera, ballets, stage music, orchestral music (including 4 Symphonies and 9 overtures), chamber music, piano compositions, choral works, and songs. 

Interview with Knudåge Riisager from 1963. Recorded in his house in Tibirke Bakker, Denmark.

Available Works

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  1. Sonata in a minor

    1917 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments

  2. Bricconata

    1953 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments

  3. Aquarelle

    1917 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments

  4. Menuett for violin og klaver

    1936 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments

  5. Romance for violin og klaver, C-dur

    1914 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments

  6. Benzin

    1928 • Knudåge Riisager

    Music Drama and Stage Music

  7. Violinkoncert, Op. 54

    1951 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  8. Strygekvartet nr. 6

    1943 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments

  9. Strygekvartet nr. 5

    1932 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments

  10. Strygekvartet nr. 4

    1926 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments

  11. Strygekvartet nr. 2

    1920 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments

  12. Strygekvartet nr. 1

    1918 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments

  13. Divertimento opus 9

    1925 • Knudåge Riisager

    7+ Instruments

  14. Symfoni nr. 1, opus 8

    1925 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  15. Comoedie

    1930 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  16. Klods Hans

    1929 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  17. Symfoni nr. 5

    1950 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  18. Symfoni nr. 4

    1940 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  19. Concerto op. 24 for orkester

    1931 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  20. T-DOXC

    1926 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  21. Symfoni nr. 2

    1927 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  22. Pro fistulis et fidibus

    1952 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  23. Archæopteryx

    1949 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  24. Darduse

    1937 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  25. Kvartet op. 40a

    1941 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments

  26. Forspil til "Niels Ebbesen"

    1945 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  27. Finalegalop for Orkester

    1941 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  28. Tre danske Peblingeviser

    1937 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  29. Sonate pour violon et piano

    1923 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments

  30. Musik for blæserkvintet

    1927 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments

  31. Månerenen

    1956 • Knudåge Riisager

    Music Drama and Stage Music

  32. Til Apollon, lysets Gud

    1972 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  33. Primavera

    1934 • Knudåge Riisager

    Orchestra

  34. Variationer

    1923 • Knudåge Riisager

    2-6 Instruments




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