Axel Borup-Jørgensen (1924-2012)

The Danish composer Axel Borup-Jørgensen died early this morning after a short period of time of illness at the age of 88. He passed quietly away after only a week of hospitalizing with heart trouble.

Axel’s work list is endless and Edition·S – music¬sound¬art had the privileged of publishing many of his important works: amongst others, the great symphony orchestra work Marin (1970) and Nordisk Sommer Pastorale (1964), which won a composition competition at Danish Broadcasting Corporation in 1965.

The music of Axel Borup-Jørgensen shows traces of his Swedish adolescence, and his music often comprises Swedish poetry and landscapes. His oeuvre is extensive, including music for orchestra, chamber music, songs with piano accompaniment and other instruments, but especially outstanding are his works for percussion and guitar. Axel Borup-Jørgensen was a member of the board of Det Unge Tonekunstnerselskab (the Young Composers' Society), the Society for the Publication of Danish Music as well as the council of the Danish Arts Foundation. He has received several grants and prizes; in 1965 he received the contribution for life of the Danish Arts Foundation. 

Read more about Axel and his works here.