Hans Abrahamsen
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1952-12-23
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Hans Abrahamsen

Hans Abrahamsen Biography (BBC)

Hans Abrahamsen is one of the most individual composers to emerge in Denmark after the end of the Second World War. Born in 1952, he learnt the horn as a teenager, going on to study at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen. Among his composition tutors were two outstanding and very different figures in Danish music: Per Nørgård and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen - the former extrovert, charismatic and breathtakingly eclectic, the latter introvert, rigorous and ascetic. Both, however, left their imprints on Abrahamsen's later development.

For a while Abrahamsen was a member of the 'Group for Alternative Music', which sought to free new music from the restrictive and inhibiting environment of the traditional concert hall. He also became more politically aware, embodying his views in works like the Symphony of 1972, originally subtitled Anti-EEC Movement. But Abrahamsen came to realise the futility of such gestures, changing the symphony's title to the simple Symphony in C - as he put it at the time, 'Music cannot be against'.

Abrahamsen's first mature works show that, like many of his Danish contemporaries, he felt the need to distance himself from the complex, thorny Central European modernism that still held ideological sway in the early 1970s. The radical simplicity of pieces such as the chamber-orchestral Foam (1970) led to his being identified with the so-called 'New Simplicity' movement. But despite his inclination towards an at times almost Romantic lyricism - reflected in such titles as Märchenbilder ('Fairy-tale Pictures', 1984) and Lied in Fall ('Song in Autumn', 1987) - Abrahamsen was also prepared to learn from the modernists. Serial elements were incorporated in his music, but within the structures they create Abrahamsen allows himself a good deal of creative freedom: in his own words, 'My imagination works well within a fixed framework'.

With time, this synthesis has led to the formation of a highly personal style, on certain levels apparently familiar and rooted in 19th- and 20th-century tradition, on others deeply, unsettlingly unfamiliar. As one Danish critic has put it, Abrahamsen's music often has a superficially 'epic' expressive quality, while at heart it remains enigmatic and elusive.

In the 1990s Abrahamsen experienced something of a compositional crisis, and a long period of silence followed. But with the turn of the millennium, ideas began to flow again. The Four Pieces for Orchestra is one of the most impressive products of this newly reborn creativity.

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Hans Abrahamsen Biography (Wikipedia)

Hans Abrahamsen (born 23 December 1952) is a Danish composer.

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Hans Abrahamsen
Let me Tell you How it is
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Let me Tell you How it is
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Le tombeau de Couperin (Prélude)
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Le tombeau de Couperin (Prélude)
Hans Abrahamsen
Let me tell you: opening
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Let me tell you: opening
Hans Abrahamsen
Let me tell you
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Let me tell you
Hans Abrahamsen
Let me tell you
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Let me tell you
Hans Abrahamsen
Canon 4B (maggiore)
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Canon 4B (maggiore)
Hans Abrahamsen
Canon 4A (minore)
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Canon 4A (minore)
Hans Abrahamsen
Left Alone
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Left Alone
Hans Abrahamsen
String Quartet no 4; mov 4
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String Quartet no 4; mov 4
Hans Abrahamsen
Quartet No. 4 For Strings
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Quartet No. 4 For Strings
Robert Schumann
Kinderszenen, Op. 15 arr. for Wind Quintet: XII. Kind im Einschummern
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Kinderszenen, Op. 15 arr. for Wind Quintet: XII. Kind im Einschummern
Hans Abrahamsen
Let Me Tell You
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Let Me Tell You

Let Me Tell You

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Barbara Hannigan, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Hans Abrahamsen
Schnee - Canon 5a (inversus) Einfach und kindlich
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Schnee - Canon 5a (inversus) Einfach und kindlich
Carl Nielsen
Commotio, Op.58 (originally for organ, arranged for orchestra)
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Commotio, Op.58 (originally for organ, arranged for orchestra)
Hans Abrahamsen
Left, alone for piano (left hand) and orchestra
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Left, alone for piano (left hand) and orchestra
Hans Abrahamsen
let me tell you
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let me tell you
Hans Abrahamsen
Let Me Tell You, For Soprano And Orchestra
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Let Me Tell You, For Soprano And Orchestra
Hans Abrahamsen
Quartet No. 1, i. Lento, poco rubato
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Quartet No. 1, i. Lento, poco rubato
Hans Abrahamsen
Air
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Air

Air

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Andreas Borregaard
Hans Abrahamsen
Three Little Nocturnes - no.3
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Three Little Nocturnes - no.3
Hans Abrahamsen
Intermezzo 2 from Schnee
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Intermezzo 2 from Schnee
Hans Abrahamsen
let me tell you (O but memory is not one but many)
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let me tell you (O but memory is not one but many)
Carl Nielsen
Three Piano Pieces Op. 59 III) Allegro non troppo - Recomposed for 10 instruments
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Three Piano Pieces Op. 59 III) Allegro non troppo - Recomposed for 10 instruments
Hans Abrahamsen
let me tell you (Proms 2016)
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let me tell you (Proms 2016)
Hans Abrahamsen
Let Me Tell You: Part III
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Let Me Tell You: Part III
Hans Abrahamsen
Schnee, Canon 1a
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Schnee, Canon 1a

Schnee, Canon 1a

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Recherche Ensemble
Hans Abrahamsen
Four Orchestral Pieces, No. 4
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Four Orchestral Pieces, No. 4
Hans Abrahamsen
Ten Sinfonias
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Ten Sinfonias
Lauma Skride
Double Concerto
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Double Concerto
Hans Abrahamsen
String Quartet No.1 - Ten Preludes
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String Quartet No.1 - Ten Preludes
Hans Abrahamsen
let me tell you
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let me tell you
Hans Abrahamsen
10 Preludes (String Quartet No.1), played by the Danish String Quartet
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10 Preludes (String Quartet No.1), played by the Danish String Quartet
Hans Abrahamsen
10 preludes (Quartet No 1)
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10 preludes (Quartet No 1)
Claude Debussy
Children's Corner
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Children's Corner
Hans Abrahamsen
String Quartet No 4 (UK Premiere)
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String Quartet No 4 (UK Premiere)
Hans Abrahamsen
Schnee (Rec from HCMF 2010)
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Schnee (Rec from HCMF 2010)
Hans Abrahamsen
Winternacht
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Winternacht
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