Death of Denmark’s musical outsider

Death of Denmark’s musical outsider


norman lebrecht

June 28, 2016

The death has been announced of the Danish composer Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, aged 83, of cancer. His style, he aid, was ‘new simplicity’.

An outsider to the Danish establishment and the prevalent composing styles, his works include a symphony, Antiphony, Tricolore IV, and Incontri; Plateaux pour piano et Orchestre, Triptykon for percussion and orchestra, and Concerto Grosso for string quartet and orchestra. Plateaux pour deux for cello and car horn was a 1970 sensation.

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  • Christopher Culver says:

    RIP. I learned of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen from the Dacapo label, which put out a lot of recordings of his work. I always intended to start collecting those after I had finished with the Per Nørgård and Hans Abrahamsen discs that had drawn me to the label – and to Danish new music in general with its myriad pleasures – but it’s sad that by the time I finally hear the man’s music, he will no longer be among us.

  • MWnyc says:

    Wow. I just heard a new piece of his on Friday night.
    I had no idea he was sick.

    This was the project he wrote for:
    (He did the heart.)
    And here’s his page for the project:

    Here’s audio of another piece of his from last year:
    It’s top row center – Three Stages.