Per Nørgård

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Per Nørgård (born July 13, 1932 in Gentofte ) is a Danish composer .

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Per Nørgård studied with Vagn Holmboe and Finn Høffding , among others , at the Royal Danish Music Academy in Copenhagen . In 1956 and 1957 he continued his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

His compositional technique is strongly influenced by mathematical ideas. So he developed a system that combines spectral harmonics and rhythms based on the golden ratio with the so-called infinity series . The latter has the property that every compression and stretching of this row is identical to the row itself or its interval reflection.


Per Nørgård wrote, among other things, two operas, two violin and two percussion concerts each, one piano and cello concerto, eight symphonies and chamber music so far as well as a fairy tale cantata about the fairy tale Lygtemaend I Byen (The will-o'-the-wisps are in town, said the Moorwoman) by Hans Christian Andersen .

Some of his works were also used in Danish films, or he also worked as a film composer.



  • 1963: Oslo (documentary)
  • 1967: Kongens Enghave (short film)
  • 1967: Hagbard and Signe (Den røde kappe) (drama)
  • 1969: Manden der tænkte ting (horror film)
  • 1970: Nattergalen (cartoon)
  • 1987: Babettes Fest ( Babettes gæstebud , feature film)
  • 1993: Performance (TV series, 1 episode Hedda Gabler )
  • 1994: The Prince of Jutland ( Prinsen av Jylland , feature film)
  • 2003: Krig (documentary)

Music (crew)

  • 1993: Talkshowet (poetry and music, 1 episode)
  • 1993: Ditte Gråbøl (poetry and music, as Per Nørgård)



  • Anders Beyer (Ed.): The music of Per Nørgård: fourteen interpretative essays , Scolar Press, 1996
  • Bo Marschner: "The Gilgamesh epic by Bohuslav Martinů and the opera Gilgamesh by Per Nørgård", in: Colloquium Bohuslav Martinů, His Pupils, Friends and Contemporaries: Brno, 1990 , edited by Petr Maček and Jiří Vyslouvžil. Ústav hudební vědy filozofické fakulty, Masarykova Univerzita, Brno 1993, ISBN 80-210-0660-9 , pp. 138–151.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Honorary members. ISCM , accessed June 30, 2020 .