AXEL BORUP-JORGENSEN (b 1924 )
Axel Borup-Jrgensen was born in Hjrring. Denmark, in 1924, but the family
emigrated to Sweden in 1927. After taking his university entrance exam in Linkping
and doing his national service, he returned to Denmark where, from 1946 on,
he trained as a piano teacher at the Royal Danish Academy of Music. He also
attended courses in instrumentation with Poul Schierbeck and Jrgen Jersild.
Apart from this he is a self-taught composer.
The Swedish cultural milieu, which was open earlier than the
Danish to atonal Central European Modernism, was a decisive factor in the development
of Borup-Jrgensen's lyrical-expressionist style. In 1959 and again in 1962,
he was one of the first Danes to visit the holiday courses in Darmstadt, where
the postwar avant-garde exchanged views and experiences. No less important,
though, was his interest in modern poetry in Swedish. Personally, he thinks
he has learnt more about the new understanding of form by reading poetry than
by studying modem music. Finally, the experience of nature in Sweden, with which
he has maintained close contacts, has been a major source of inspiration that
has left its unmistakable mark on his idea of sound.
Despite his stylistic point of departure in Darmstadt modernism,
Borup-Jrgensen does not compose constructivistically, but intuitively, with
the emphasis on lightly flowing prose rhythms and fine subtleties of harmony
and timbre. His music is often delicate, sometimes bordering on silence, and
his extreme care with derail has mainly produced intimate mood pictures in miniature
and for small ensembles. Orchestral works are relatively rare in his oeuvre,
and, characteristically, all those recorded here are nature scenes: the experience
of light, colour, movement, temperature and above all mood, reproduced in a
play of sound that evokes states rather than events.