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Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932)
« on: September 06, 2007, 03:53:28 AM »


This Danish composer is among my favorite contemporary composers.

I especially like his Triptykon for percussion and orchestra from 1985. One of my favorite pieces of all time. I find it absolutely brilliant. The general premise is so simple yet mesmerizing in implementation. Basically it's that the orchestral parts of the first 2 movements are superimposed in the 3rd movement.

There's a strange affinity between Gudmundsen's musical premises and those of Pawel Szymanski (the idea of dissecting the musical material), though the results are completely different: two sound worlds very far apart.

He has a nice fan-made page here.

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Re: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932)
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2007, 05:12:40 AM »
I'm a big fan of his work, too, although I haven't heard much.  This disc below has become a favorite of mine, with For Cello and Orchestra (1996), Frère Jacques (1964) and Concerto Grosso for String Quartet and Symphonic Ensemble (1990) - all fascinating in their own ways. 



I think I have the Danish National Radio Choir in some of his choral works, too, but have to check. 

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Re: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932)
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2007, 05:25:59 AM »
Yes, that's a pretty good disc. :) And the choir one is excellent too. :D I'd add the one with his chamber pieces played by LINensemble (also on dacapo). These four (don't forget Tryptikon!) would make a nice "essential Gudmundsen-Holmgreen" set. 8)

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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2007, 05:35:23 AM »
My next trip to Academy I will look for Triptykon!  And I've seen that chamber music CD, too, but just haven't bitten yet.  (You know, sometimes you just want to listen to that Beethoven guy.  But only sometimes.  ;D)

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Re: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932)
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2007, 05:50:06 AM »
I once turned down the opportunity to buy the disc including Triptykon cheaply. Apparently that was a bit of an 'oops.' ;)
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Re: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932)
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2007, 05:53:54 AM »
Sorry, keep getting the y and the i mixed up in that title. :-[

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Re: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932)
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2008, 04:32:08 AM »
Just noticed this on amazon:


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Release date: 28th Oct. Thank goodness it's hybrid. Straight to the top of my wish list it goes! :D

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Re: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932)
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2008, 06:30:29 AM »
Thanks for the heads-up, Maciek.  That does look really tasty--and more great cover art, too. 

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Re: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932)
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2008, 07:35:31 AM »
Noticed only now that amazon has the back cover:


The piece "for string quartet and ocean" looks promising.

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Re: Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (b. 1932)
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2008, 08:44:59 PM »
Nice one, Maciek! Thanks. I just bought the only Gudmundsen-Holmgreen in the corner record store, his For Cello and Orchestra (shades of Feldman in the title there), Frere Jacques, and concerto grosso for string quartet and symphonic ensemble.

I've only listened to it once, but that was a good listen. I'll be buying more, I'm sure.