Book Release · Niels Viggo Bentzon

A new book in the series of Danish Composers draws a picture of the life and works of Niels Viggo Bentzon.

Niels Viggo Bentzon by Bertel Krarup · Multivers frontcover

Book publisher Multivers has added a new book to their series about Danish composers about Niels Viggo Bentzon (1919-2000). Composer, pianist and cultural phenomenon Niels Viggo Bentzon was one of the most well known and colourful Danish artists. For certain longer periods, author Bertel Krarup stood Bentzon close. In the book, he attempts to cover all of his activities, with an emphasis on the composer who stands out as one of the most important in Danish music in the 20th century by virtue of his peculiarity and originality.

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Niels Viggo Bentzon (1919-2000) was the great-grandson of J. P. E. Hartmann and a pupil of Knud Jeppesen and Em. Bangert. He was a teacher at the Conservatory of Aarhus from 1945 and later, from 1949, at the Royal Academy of Music, Copenhagen. As a lecturer and concert pianist, he was an active promoter of contemporary music. His comprehensive output – mainly of instrumental music – belongs to the international concert repertoire. His works include ballet, symphonies, piano concertos, violin concerto, orchestral and chamber music, piano music, incidental music for radio and stage, and for films. Bentzon was also an active music-literary writer.

Works by Niels Viggo Bentzon at Edition·S

Choro Daniensis (1990) forflute, clarinet, percussion, piano, guitar, and cello.

Pollicino-Quartet op. 550 (1990) for violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

Symphony No. 20 (1988), for symphony orchestra

Sonate for Cello and Klaver (1946)

The series about Danish composers

Apart from the book about Bentzon, the series about Danish composers by Multivers consists of portraits of the composers Else Marie Pade, Nancy Dalberg whose works are also available at Edition·S, and portraits by Hilda Sehested, Ludolf Nielsen and August Enna with more coming up. All books are in Danish.