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7 questions for Christensen

The composer Mogens Christensen's new CD "Pipes and Reeds" is out on Dacapo Records in January. We asked the composer 7 little questions...

1. How did this recording come about?
Three pieces of mine were circling around the same topics like silence, spirituality and suspension of well-known musical rhetoric. Why not put them together?

2. What are you currently working on?
During the last 11 years I have composed a substantial piano piece per year drawing the inspiration from the Zodiac. 2013 is the year to complete the cycle.

3. What inspires you when it comes to your works?
In Charles Ives' words: The Unanswered Questions.

4. Can you site some of your influences in and outside of music?
Common undercurrents in all philosophy, religion and art.

5. What was your first concert?
As a composer: the premier of my opus 1, Hyperions Schicksalslied (1982). In those days I had a doppelganger - a journalist from the local newspaper, who wrote music reviews. Just after the piece an unknown person next to me said: You have to write some nice things about this beautiful piece of music!

6. Where do you go to buy your music?
Small shops in Central Europe and big shops in USA.

7. Who would you have a dinner with (living or dead)?
Pythagoras, Leonardo da Vinci, Jacobus Gallus, Gesualdo, Zelenka, Goethe, Schubert, Einstein, Josef Matthias Hauer, Emily Dickinson, Hesse ...


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