JØRGEN BENTZON (1897 - 1951)
A man of wide cultural interests, the Danish composer Jørgen Bentzon had shown a precocious talent in music, studying privately with Carl Nielsen and then with Karg-Elert in Leipzig, where his compositions were performed at the Conservatory. With a law degree from Copenhagen University, he received various official appointments, legal and musical. As a composer he followed, at first, the late-Romantic styles of his compatriot Niels W. Gade; but he later developed his own particular musical language called ‘character-polyphony’, in which instrumental parts received individual treatment. This is exemplified in his chamber music.
Instrumental and Vocal Music
Bentzon’s First Symphony bases movements on characters from Dickens. His varied chamber music includes Mikrofoni No. 1 (the first of an apparently discontinued series), which is a setting of Latin words for baritone, flute, violin, cello and piano. Other works include a Sonatina for flute, clarinet and bassoon and an Intermezzo for violin and clarinet.