Pelle’s playlist

© Jeppe Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

On Sunday 2 March, we perform a programme of music by Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen – a pivotal and unique figure in Danish music known for combining black humour, a Beckettian sense of absurdism and sound as mere sound (musique concrète) to achieve a “new simplicity”.

We asked Pelle to let us in on who has most inspired and influenced his unique musical language. Here are his selections.

“I can’t help loving the music of Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and not least Sibelius, but I think my own musical language could more easily be connected to Stravinsky, Webern, Mozart, Haydn, Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Ockeghem, Machaut, Vitry…

For the more curious, here are a few titles from my private collection:”


Edgard Varèse: The Complete Works
Bent Sørensen: La Notte
Axel Borup-Jørgensen: Marin

Igor Stravinsky: Dumbarton Oaks
Guillaume de Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame
An Anthology of African Music, Ba Benzele
A Musical Anthology of the Orient, India III

A. M. Jones, Studies in African Music Vol. II (OUP)

I found Mr. A. M. Jones’s book at our Royal Library half a century ago and was overwhelmed by how the drum music had been recorded by means of a telegraph tapping machine. These scores made their influence on my scores!

For more information about the concert and to book tickets, visit our website.

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