Friday, July 6, 2007

Bengt Hambraeus-Constellations II / Interferences,LP,1962,

Bengt Hambraeus is basically a composer for the organ, notwithstanding his extensive output in other fields as well. His music is related to the compositions of Anton Webern and Edgar Varèse and is influenced by Japanese and European traditions as well. Hambraeus was the first Swedish composer to work with electronic music. His organ music developed in new directions, and also in his orchestral compositions he has experimented with new forms, such as the principle of "music in space", with different groups scattered around the auditorium. Another feature in his music is the composition of 'families' of works (e.g. Constellations, Rota, Invenzioni) that may be performed seperately or together.The use of percussion instruments is essential in most of his compositions, using a wide range such as bells, gongs, cymbals, church bells, etc. Apart from these explorations, there always is the sense of tradition in his music, making him a composer with a very personal voice and one of the pivotal figures in the modern Swedish music world.
Bengt Hambraeus was born in Sweden in 1928 and died in Canada in 2000.

An excellent and rare recording of this contemporary music mastermind.
Handle with respect!
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1 comment:

Thomas said...

Oh, no! The link is dead!