Rued Lang­gaard

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(1893-1952)

Born in Copen­hagen to par­ents who were both mu­si­cians, Lang­gaard showed prodi­gious mu­si­cal tal­ent from an early age, first as a pi­anist and then as an or­gan­ist, mak­ing his de­but on the lat­ter in­stru­ment aged 11. His First Sym­phony was per­formed in Ber­lin in 1913. Ini­tially his main in­flu­ences were Liszt and Bruck­ner, but in 1916 he en­tered a new, ex­per­i­men­tal phase and com­posed his most rad­i­cal work, Mu­sic of the Spheres, which in­volves an or­ches­tra, or­gan and choir, a pi­ano played di­rectly on its strings, and an ‘off-stage’ or­ches­tra and so­prano.

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