Nicolai  Worsaae
Niels Magnússo

Nicolai Worsaae

(1980-)

Nicolai Worsaae’s earlier works have been described as lyrical but his more recent works bear adjectives such as direct and expressive. Worsaae himself claims a fundamental identification with ‘classical music’s’ narrative form. Nevertheless, he has in recent years moved farther away from the lyrical and narrative and turned more sharply towards modernism. “Hardcore modernists will surely insist that my music remains strongly narrative, but I simply can’t refrain from (story)telling.”  


Worsaae works with circular forms of movement in which repetitions of small sections serve to freeze musical moments. In this way time, structure and space become clearly apparent in the work. The larger part of Worsaae’s works unfold through a play between developmental and static principles. Stylistically his music contains elements of what could be called “concrete instrumental music”. These are not direct imitations but musical suggestions of concrete sounds.  “It is liberating to work with something concrete when working with sound otherwise is so abstract.  When I move through the city I listen a lot to all kinds of sounds. Many people that listen to abstract music often have an experience similar to listening to concrete sounds, that the music sounds like something specific. If one can work with the suggestion of real sounds the music becomes richer.”

His works has been played by Ensemble Intercontemporain (FR), The Ensemble Recherche (DE), Arditti String quartet (UK), London Sinfonietta (UK), Oslo Sinfonietta (NO), The Athelas Sinfonietta (DK), Stockholm Curious Chamber Players (SE), Gothenburg Opera Orchestra (SE), Ensemble Figura (DK), Ars Nova Malmö (SE), Ensemble SCENATET (DK) among others.

Worsaae has received both grants and prizes for his work as composer such as The Danish Arts Council (2010, 2011, 2012) and The Sonning Foundation (2010), the annual prize of the Danish Composers Society (2008), The Idella fund (2008) as well as several smaller scholarships. 

Nicolai Worsaae studied composition at the Royal Danish Conservatory with Bent Sørensen, Niels Rosing-Schow, Hans Abrahamsen and Hans-Peter Stubbe Teglbjærg as well as at Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz with Beat Furrer.

Selected works:
Squawk (2016)
Kuro ton'neru (2013)
Zwischen den beiden Kammern (2013)
Eight and a Half Pint (2012)
Wesenheit ab Wesenheit (2011)
Gesang durch eine Mauer (2008)
Zugendlos (2007) 

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  1. Replication #1

    2014 • Nicolai Worsaae

    7+ Instruments

  2. PUSH

    2018 • Nicolai Worsaae

    Choir

  3. WaWV

    2014 • Nicolai Worsaae

    2-6 Instruments

  4. Nedstigning

    2017 • Nicolai Worsaae

    Music Drama and Stage Music

  5. Violinetude for børn

    2016 • Nicolai Worsaae

    Educational Music

  6. Spilledåsen

    2016 • Nicolai Worsaae

    Educational Music

  7. Vuggevise

    2016 • Nicolai Worsaae

    Educational Music

  8. Løbebåndet

    2016 • Nicolai Worsaae

    Educational Music

  9. Canticum In Vitro

    2016 • Nicolai Worsaae

    2-6 Instruments

  10. Schritte

    2010 • Nicolai Worsaae

    Solo

  11. Upon Your Body I'm Crawling

    2012 • Nicolai Worsaae

    2-6 Instruments

  12. Squawk

    2016 • Nicolai Worsaae

    2-6 Instruments

  13. Replication #2

    2015 • Nicolai Worsaae

    2-6 Instruments

  14. Kuro ton'neru

    2013 • Nicolai Worsaae

    2-6 Instruments

  15. Epilogus I

    2013 • Nicolai Worsaae

    2-6 Instruments

  16. Zwischen den beiden Kammern

    2013 • Nicolai Worsaae

    2-6 Instruments

  17. Eight and a Half Pint

    2012 • Nicolai Worsaae

    Orchestra

  18. Du hast gesagt

    2010 • Nicolai Worsaae

    Solo

  19. Wesenheit ab Wesenheit

    2011 • Nicolai Worsaae

    7+ Instruments

  20. String Quartet No. 2

    2010 • Nicolai Worsaae

    2-6 Instruments

  21. Gesang durch eine Mauer

    2009 • Nicolai Worsaae

    7+ Instruments

  22. Emphatische Ellipse

    2008 • Nicolai Worsaae

    7+ Instruments

  23. Zugendlos

    2008 • Nicolai Worsaae

    Orchestra

  24. Brutalized Beauty

    2007 • Nicolai Worsaae

    2-6 Instruments

  25. Quaint

    2006 • Nicolai Worsaae

    7+ Instruments




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    November

    Nicolai Worsaae: Warping Through my Ears

    world premiere

    time19:30

    location Trinitatis Kirke, Copenhagen, Denmark

    performed by the Danish National Vocal Ensemble