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RUED LANGGAARD  

(1893 - 1952)

The Danish composer and organist Rued Langgaard was born in Copenhagen. His father, a pianist and composer, had been a pupil of Liszt and his mother was also a pianist. He made his debut as an organist at the age of 11. Largely self-taught as a composer, he had early success in Berlin, when performances of his works were given by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, while Danish critics remained sceptical. He was successful in Germany and at home his works were broadcast; otherwise he had little support, although eventually, in 1940, he was able to secure a position as organist at Ribe Cathedral in Southern Jutland.

Opera

Langgaard’s only stage work, the ‘opera mystery’ Antikrist, was completed in early 1923, using the composer’s own libretto. Based on the dramatic poem of the same name by P.E. Benzon and reflecting the influence of R.H. Benson’s The Lord of the World, the opera shows Apollyon, who sells his soul to the Devil, leading the world to destruction and therefore to the Second Coming of Christ. Musically eclectic, it is an example of late Romanticism in its language.

Vocal Music

Langgaard’s songs were generally written early in his career and continue the German Lieder tradition. Sinfonia interna, abandoned by the composer, brings together five movements that appeared as separate works for soloists, chorus and full orchestra. He left a number of hymns, together with his Rose Garden Songs, written for unaccompanied voices.

Orchestral Music

Langgaard left 16 symphonies. Of these one of the most frequently heard is Symphony No. 4 ‘Leaf Fall’, which has been described as an ‘autumn diary’. Symphony No. 5 exists in four versions but draws again on nature and legend. The expressionist Symphony No. 6 ‘Heaven-Rending’, a theme-and-variations that was ill-received at its first performance, was followed by a form of Romanticism in Symphony No. 7, while Symphony No. 8 is a religiously motivated tribute to Frederiksstaden, the Amalienborg Palace and the Marble Church where Langgaard had played as a boy.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
CARLSEN: Symphonic Suite / Choral Variations Dacapo
8.224089
Instrumental
Danish Golden Age Piano Trios Dacapo
DCCD 9310
Chamber Music
Danish Songs (Romantic) Dacapo
DCCD 9114
Vocal
LANGGAARD, R. / NIELSEN, C.: Organ Music (Outer Darkness - Musical Lighthouses by Langgaard and Nielsen) (Schmidt-Madsen) Naxos
8.573068
Instrumental
LANGGAARD, R.: Choral Music (Rose Garden Songs) (Ars Nova Copenhagen, Veto) Dacapo
6.220561
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
LANGGAARD, R.: Messis / In tenebras exteriores (Dreisig, Vor Frue Kantori) Dacapo
6.220528-29
Instrumental
LANGGAARD, R.: Music of the Spheres (Dausgaard) Dacapo
6.220535
Choral - Secular
LANGGAARD, R.: Piano Works, Vol. 2 (Tange) Dacapo
6.220565
Instrumental
LANGGAARD, R.: String Quartets, Vol. 1 (Nightingale String Quartet) Dacapo
6.220575
Chamber Music
LANGGAARD, R.: String Quartets, Vol. 2 (Nightingale String Quartet) Dacapo
6.220576
Chamber Music
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 12, "Helsingeborg", 13, "Undertro" and 14, "Morgenen" (Danish National Symphony, Dausgaard) Dacapo
6.220517
Orchestral
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 12, "Helsingeborg", 13, "Undertro" and 14, "Morgenen" (Danish National Symphony, Dausgaard) Dacapo
6.220554
Orchestral
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 12, "Helsingeborg", 13, "Undertro" and 14, "Morgenen" (Danish National Symphony, Dausgaard) Dacapo
6.220517
Orchestral
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 12, "Helsingeborg", 13, "Undertro" and 14, "Morgenen" (Danish National Symphony, Dausgaard) Dacapo
6.220554
Orchestral
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 12, "Helsingeborg", 13, "Undertro" and 14, "Morgenen" (Danish National Symphony, Dausgaard) Dacapo
6.220517
Orchestral
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 12, "Helsingeborg", 13, "Undertro" and 14, "Morgenen" (Danish National Symphony, Dausgaard) Dacapo
6.220554
Orchestral
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 15, "Sostormen" and 16, "Syndflod af Sol" (Danish National Symphony, Dausgaard) Dacapo
6.220519
Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Orchestral
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3 (Danish National Symphony, Dausgaard) Dacapo
6.220516
Orchestral
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 4, "Lovfald" and 5, "Steppenatur" (2 versions) (Danish National Symphony, Dausgaard) Dacapo
8.224215
Orchestral
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 6, "Det Himmelrivende", 7 and 8, "Minder ved Amalienborg" (Danish National Symphony, Dausgaard) Dacapo
8.224180
Orchestral
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphonies Nos. 9, "Fra Dronning Dagmars by", 10, "Hin Torden-bolig" and 11, "Ixion" (Danish National Symphony, Dausgaard) Dacapo
8.224182
Orchestral
LANGGAARD, R.: Symphony No. 1, "Klippepastoraler" (Danish National Symphony, Dausgaard) Dacapo
6.220525
Orchestral
LANGGAARD: Antikrist Dacapo
6.220523-24
Opera
LANGGAARD: Chamber Music Dacapo
8.224139
Chamber Music
LANGGAARD: Gitanjali Hymns / Fantasy Sonata / Insanity Sonata Dacapo
8.226025
Instrumental
LANGGAARD: Lieder Dacapo
8.224011
Vocal
LANGGAARD: Rose Garden Songs Dacapo
8.224058
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
LANGGAARD: Sinfonia Interna Aarh Dacapo
8.224136
Vocal, Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred
LANGGAARD: String Quartets Dacapo
DCCD 9302a-2b
Chamber Music
LANGGAARD: Violin Sonatas Dacapo
8.224153
Chamber Music
LANGGAARD: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 2 Dacapo
8.226006
Chamber Music
LANGGARD, R.: Antikrist (Royal Danish Opera, 2002) (NTSC) Dacapo
2.110402
Opera DVD
Violin Concertos (Danish) - GADE, N.W. / LANGE-MULLER, P.E. / LANGGAARD, R. (Astrand, Tampere Philharmonic, Storgards) Dacapo
6.220562
Concertos
Vocal Music - STENHAMMAR, W. / ZEMLINSKY, A. / LANGGAARD, R. / HENRIQUES, F. / DELIUS, F. / PETERSON-BERGER, W. (Sange af J.P. Jacobsen) Naxos
8.572070
Vocal
Role: Lyricist 
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