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Lars Graugaard   (Born 1957)

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Lars Graugaard (b. 1957) received no formal training in composition. He actively pursues a double career as a composer and flautist. In the latter regard he was educated at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He has worked extensively with computers in the preparation of his compositions, but improvisation and pure intuition have come to play increasingly important roles in his works in recent years. He was appointed composer-in-residence of the Odense Symphony Orchestra in 1997. He also teaches "The Performer and the Digital Media" at the Carl Nielsen Academy of Music in Odense. Lars Graugaard served as artistic director of the ISCM World Music Days in Copenhagen in 1996. Incrustations (1993-1994, revised 1995) was originally conceived as an interactive piece for harp and computer using software developed in the MAX programming environment to control a KORG Wavestation. The recording on this CD is an adapted version for harp and tape. The title of the work refers to a relief technique used in carpentry, where various types of wood of contrasting color are inlaid. The composition was conceived on the gestural level as an attempt to directly access the musical expression of a conceived musical idea rather than to systematically generate each individual note. Performed musical gestures are used by the computer to generate musical gestures, but they also influence Music for harp and computer timbre. This is done through the use of an ever-developing controlled randomness which places the harp in relief (hence the title). The piece was commissioned by and dedicated to Sofia Asuncion Claro.
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Live Dates

25/08/2016   MusicWeb International

LARS GRAUGAARD Venus
"Superbly done [..]"
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12/02/2016   Nordische Musik

LARS GRAUGAARD: Venus
4/6 Stars

"Sirenengeheul scheint Graugaards Musik zudem mit einiger Freude am enervierenden Zwischenruf vor jeder Gemütlichkeit bewahren zu wollen. Alles, nur nicht konventionell, dürfte des Komponisten Motto sein."
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09/01/2016   Culture Catch

LARS GRAUGAARD: Venus
"It creates a mysterious world unto itself. [...] I find it positively riveting."
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11/11/2015   Gramophone

Lars Graugaard: Venus
"The power-loss in Venus is aurally fascinating and neatly scored; the geometric patterning of Layers of Earth has a certain delicacy; Three Places underlines Graugaard’s keen ear for instrumental sonority. Book of Throws takes the concept further, including a fully improvised solo piano part played against a notated score that the pianist isn’t to have seen or heard previously. It’s reactive and organic to an extent, but a certain stasis creeps in too; here and elsewhere, those ‘emotions’ can feel contained, missing rawness and spontaneity even in improvisation. Impressive performances from talented New York students and their dedicated professors; but I do wonder how differently I’d have reacted had I not known of the science behind the scores."
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04/11/2015   CHAIN D.L.K.

LARS GRAUGAARD: VENUS
4/5 Stars

"The four amazing compositions on this CD [...] are not just based on conventional compositional techniques as they are mainly based on new findings in IT research, cognitive and ecological musicology that tend to assign a rather important role to space, single performers and audience in the compositional process within the definition of the so-called absolute music, closer to listener's perception and emotions and more distant from commercial or other functional formulas of music itself."
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17/10/2015   A Closer Listen

Lars Graugaard: Venus
"It’s this imperfection, this focus on the scientific reduction of the human, what grants Venus its wings, proving that the avant-garde ventures of old are not quite dead yet, and more importantly, that their suggestions are far from being exhausted. This is new music, to be sure, and the program that lies behind it, full of intricacy, will surely provide many more of quite exciting, revealing musical thoughts."
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15/09/1994   American Record Guide

Wind Octets
"This very well performed and recorded batch of Danish wind octets is idiomatic, transparent and likeable music."
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Photo: Manuel Alberto Claro

Discography

Venus
Venus
Lars Graugaard

SACD 6.220628 (2015)

Harp & Computer. Electro Acustic Music from DIEM III
Harp & Computer. Electro Acustic Music from DIEM III

CD 8.224113 (1999)

Works by among others Sunleif Rasmussen and Ivar Frounberg written for the Chilean harpist Sofia Asuncion Claro

Wind Octets
Wind Octets

CD 8.224002 (1994)

Three generations of Danish composers in the hands of a prizewinning wind ensemble


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