Lars  Hegaard

Lars Hegaard

(1950-)

Lars Hegaard studied guitar with Ingolf Olsen (diploma 1973, music teaching degree 1977), and composition with Ib Nørholm (diploma 1980). He has also taken a music degree at the University of Copenhagen. In 1983 he was awarded a three-year working grant by the National Arts Foundation, and in 1992 the Sylvia and Poul Schierbeck Grant. In addition to that, he has since 1986 received annually working grants from the National Arts Foundation.

His compositions, around 65 so far, cover all genres. His music can be viewed as following two main tracks, which are however often present in the same work: constructive clarity and expressiveness, often in several layers at the same time or in mosaics; and a very rhythmic, gesticulatory line, often with a decided rhythmic pulse and drive (sometimes with inspiration from ethnic music or medieval music).

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LARS HEGAARD RECEIVED THE CARL NIELSEN AWARD IN 2007

The fruitful coexistence of objects

By Ivar Frounberg

In the mid-1970s modernism and the avant-garde were accomplished projects within contemporary art music. The great collectivity oriented towards the creation of a universal language on the basis of objectivity of construction had long since made its impact on the boundary-shattering experiments of the avant-garde. Each of the avant-garde works was supposed to formulate the composer's new, personal cognitive leap through experiment: new playing techniques, open form etc. The Danish compositions students knew about minimalism and the distinctively Danish anti-modernist currents with "attitudinal relativism", "Concretism" and "New Simplicity" as their cue words. They knew György Ligeti and Iannis Xenakis, and they gradually made the acquaintance of spectral music. As yet there had been no recognition of a postmodern reality within innovative art music. To a great extent the composers believed that they had to inscribe themselves in a collective, still unspecified orientation towards the great common project that could be called the music of the future.

Lars Hegaard became a composer in this vacuum. The preconditions for his engagement with music were scattered and culturally diverse, and included dance music (heard on his parents' radio) and rock music (the collective youth culture of the 1960s called it beat music). Through his high school education Hegaard became familiar with classical music (a string quartet by Shostakovich, Handel's Messiah and Verdi's Requiem were works that were to be crucial to his choice of music as a profession). At first, though, it was the guitar (the 1960s instrument par excellence) that he chose to study. But the lifestyle experiments of the 1960s also brought the hippie movement, openness to alternative religions and religious expression as well as ethnic music into the sphere of experience that became the basis of Hegaard's artistic idiom when he began his composition studies with Ib Nørholm at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen.

Superficially incommensurable phenomena such as the author Samuel Beckett's absurd situations and Carlos Castaneda's anthropological accounts of experiments with mescaline stand side by side when we look through Lars Hegaard's worklist.

When one hears the music on this CD one sees that a similar kind of eclecticism is a sine qua non of Lars Hegaard's music: one hears abstract sound-objects, intellectual confrontations which suddenly transcend their abstraction and even begin to refer very directly to the gestural expression of a different kind of music.

I nearly always operate with several levels and set them up against one another, almost like a sound-sculpture. In reality they don't need to be changed that much, their actual identity is maintained, but they are displaced in relation to one another, just as when a prism is turned (LH).

When the abstract objects are sensed through constantly new prismatic reorientations, a familiarity arises out of nothingness. But this familiarity - and the consequent sensuality - never stand alone. The form is created in the confrontations between the individual sound-objects and their greater or lesser degree of variation. Thus Hegaard inscribes himself in the tradition of Edgar Varèse, whose works also translate time into space. It is music with a physical presence:

I can sometimes experience music very physically, almost like something I can touch, a long note that I can almost hang from like a rope. You can walk on the notes, they're physically present. (LH).

What we hear is not a "short story" in musical form. Everything in the narrative of the music is constantly present. We listen through the music's temporal extension to the expression of the latent formal space and create the story ourselves.

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  1. Skulptur

    2018 • Lars Hegaard

    Educational Music

  2. A New Beginning

    2017 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  3. Et kort stykke for guitar

    2017 • Lars Hegaard

    Educational Music

  4. Piano Trio No. 2

    2017 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  5. Cantus Firmus

    2016 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  6. Vier Gedichte von Paul Celan

    2016 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  7. Sextet

    2015 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  8. Amid

    2014 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  9. String Quartet no. 4

    2014 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  10. One Single Breath

    2014 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  11. Expressions

    2013 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  12. Four New Moments

    2013 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  13. Five Pieces on a Ground

    2013 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  14. Five Pieces According To The Sator Square

    2012 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  15. Figures in Wood and Metal

    2012 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  16. "This Is My Letter To The World"

    2012 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  17. Greetings

    2012 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  18. Clouds and Horizons

    2012 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  19. Vertical Thoughts

    2011 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  20. Blåhvalen

    1984 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  21. Interior Voices

    2011 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  22. Six Small Preludes

    1975 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  23. Symfoni nr. 4

    2008 • Lars Hegaard

    Orchestra

  24. Like a Cube of Silence

    2010 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  25. The Dimension of Stillness

    1988 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  26. Preludes for yesterday, today and tomorrow

    2010 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  27. Close Encounters

    2009 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  28. Four ways of looking at one thing

    2010 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  29. “Emanations”

    2009 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  30. Two Landscapes

    2008 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  31. Open Letters 3

    2007 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  32. Underworld

    2005 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  33. Points of Disappearance

    2002 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  34. Grounds, Gateways and Tunnels of Love

    2002 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  35. Open Letters

    2007 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  36. Meeting Points

    2007 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  37. Fantasy on a Beethoven-Fragment

    2005 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  38. Textures

    2007 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  39. Dreams

    2007 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  40. Open Letters 2

    2007 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  41. Fantasy Pieces

    2006 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  42. Five Elements

    2006 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  43. Moods

    2005 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  44. Small Things

    2005 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  45. 5 sange

    2006 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  46. Messages from Water

    2006 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  47. Mandala

    2005 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  48. Four Square Dances

    1991 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  49. Invocations

    1995 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  50. Behind

    2002 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  51. Dark Strings

    2002 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  52. Scarlatti in the Mist

    2005 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  53. Tre blomsterdigte, Skrig & Casa Blanca

    2004 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  54. Unfolding Limitations

    2004 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  55. 4 momenter

    2004 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  56. Chanting-Healing-Ceremony

    2004 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  57. Trois poèmes d'Arthur Rimbaud

    2003 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  58. The Wings of a Butterfly

    2002 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  59. Different Worlds

    2001 • Lars Hegaard

    Orchestra

  60. Rituals

    2003 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  61. Worldes Bliss

    1991 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  62. Prélude pour guitare seule – “Hommage à Chopin”

    1977 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  63. Singing Sculpture

    1998 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  64. Beings

    2000 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  65. Music for Improvisation (based on I Ching)

    1980 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  66. Far Calls. Coming Far

    1986 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  67. Hölderlin-Trilogie

    1998 • Lars Hegaard

    Choir

  68. Johann Sebastian Bach Revisited

    1999 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  69. Kærestens død

    1998 • Lars Hegaard

    Choir

  70. Patterns of Nature

    2000 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  71. To digte af Halfdan Rasmussen

    1997 • Lars Hegaard

    Choir

  72. “Den tydelige solsort”

    1992 • Lars Hegaard

    Choir

  73. Symphony No. 3

    1998 • Lars Hegaard

    Orchestra

  74. Nogle lykkelige sekunder

    1996 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  75. Night Flower

    1993 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  76. Map of the Human Heart

    1997 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  77. Octagonal Room

    1999 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  78. Inside

    1998 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  79. Chains

    1997 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  80. Short Cuts

    1999 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  81. Four Rhythmical Pieces

    1999 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  82. Tre aspekter af mørket

    1999 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  83. Ambient Voices

    1998 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  84. Triptych with Objects

    1997 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  85. Canto

    1984 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  86. Labyrinthus

    1991 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  87. Drømmespor

    1990 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  88. The Journey of the Dreaming Body

    1992 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  89. Worlds Apart

    1997 • Lars Hegaard

    7+ Instruments

  90. Imaginary Landscape

    1992 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  91. 5 sonogrammer for improvisationsgruppe

    1979 • Lars Hegaard

    Other

  92. Music for Chameleons

    1987 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  93. Four Visions

    1994 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  94. 13 Short Pieces

    1990 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  95. Variations

    1983 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  96. Colours in Motion

    1994 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  97. Four Prayers to the Four-Headed God

    1995 • Lars Hegaard

    Solo

  98. Couleurs Croisées

    1987 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  99. Partials Play

    1991 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments

  100. Configurations

    1988 • Lars Hegaard

    2-6 Instruments




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