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(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.

Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Chamber Music (Arhus Sinfonietta, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Hansen) Dacapo
Chamber Music, Choral - Secular, Vocal Ensemble
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Guitar Music (Floating Islands) (Larsen) OUR Recordings
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Marin (Film, 2017) (DVD + SACD set) (NTSC) OUR Recordings
Classical Documentary
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Marin / Music for Percussion and Viola / Nachtstück / Pergolato (Esfahani, Selin, Kaltoft, Søndergård, Arhus Sinfonietta, Hansen) OUR Recordings
Instrumental, Chamber Music, Orchestral, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Organ Music (Christensen) OUR Recordings
Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Vocal, Instrumental, Chamber Music
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Percussion Universe of Axel Borup-Jørgensen (The) (G. Mortensen, Frederiksen, Petri) OUR Recordings
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Piano Music (Kaltoft) OUR Recordings
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Recorder Music (Petri, Selin) OUR Recordings
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Instrumental
BORUP-JØRGENSEN, A.: Viola Music (Asmussen, Bjørkøe, Ekkozone, Reumert) Dacapo
Instrumental, Vocal, Chamber Music
BORUP-JOSGENSEN: Sommasvit / Nordisk Sommerpastorale Dacapo
Orchestral, Concerto
Danish Works for Organ Dacapo
Chamber Music
Recorder Recital: Petri, Michala - JACOB, G. / ARNOLD, M. / BRITTEN, B. / KIDANE, D. / HOLMBOE, V. / CHRISTIANSEN, H. (UK | DK) OUR Recordings
Chamber Music
Recorder Recital: Petri, Michala - SØRENSEN, B. / GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN, P. / RASMUSSEN, S. / CHRISTENSEN, M. / CLAUSEN, T. (Nordic Sound) OUR Recordings

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