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Gunnar Berg   (1909 - 1989)

composer

A pioneer of serialist music in Denmark, Berg wrote the first Danish serial composition (a Suite for Cello) in 1950, and he was the first Danish composer to attend the famous summer courses in Darmstadt. Gunnar Berg was born to Danish-Swedish parents in Switzerland. His first teachers included Knud Jeppesen, Poul Schierbeck and Herman D. Koppel, but his meeting in his forties with composers like Honegger, Messiaen and Stockhausen made him change tack away from the classicizing style of his Danish teachers. Berg's music is at once precise and extremely expressive. His unflinching pioneering of Modernism, including his advocacy of the Modernists abroad, as well as his long stays outside Denmark (Berg lived a good deal in Paris and spend his last years in Switzerland, the country of his birth) prevented him from achieving the status in Denmark that he deserved. The same is to a certain extent true of his only pupil, Jan Maegaard.

Live Dates

13/01/2012   Tøbrud for Gunnar Bergs musik
Dacapo inviterer til CD-release i Admiral Gjeddes Gaard mandag 23. januar
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01/06/2012   Gramophone

Gunnar Berg: Chamber Music Works with Piano
"The melodic contours rather defy you to grasp their shape but they are full of potential energy"
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25/04/2012   American Record Guide

Gunnar Berg: Chamber Music Works with Piano
"The performances here are stunning."
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Discography

Chamber Music Works with Piano
Chamber Music Works with Piano
Gunnar Berg

CD 8.226547 (2012)

Uncompromising music from the 1950s and 1960s by one of Denmark’s most acute, international modernists.

Melos
Melos
Gunnar Berg

CD 8.226526 (2009)

New fascinating pieces to add to the jigsaw of the enigmatic 12-tone composer Gunnar Berg

Éclatements
Éclatements
Gunnar Berg

CD 8.226524 (2007)

Berg’s large, uncompromising twelve-tone cycle, 33 years in the making

Orchestral and Chamber Music Works
Orchestral and Chamber Music Works
Gunnar Berg

DCCD 9007 (1992)


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