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Hans Abrahamsen

Biography

Born: December 23, 1952; Kongens Lyngby  
Born in 1952, Hans Abrahamsen is one of the younger representatives of the Danish movement toward "new simplicity" (ny enkelhed), which developed in the 1960s and 1970s. His pieces, mostly quite short, are marked by very light, finely orchestrated textures, a lack of harsh dissonance, and the use of collage and pastiche.

Abrahamsen studied music history, theory, and French horn at the Royal Danish Conservatory in
Read more Copenhagen, while studying composition privately with Per Nørgård and Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, two of the founders of the "new simplicity" movement. In the 1970s, Abrahamsen's music was known for a simple, almost naïve, use of contrasting blocks of material, often built of three-note cells, as in Skum (1970) for chamber orchestra, or the Ten Preludes for string quartet (1973). Abrahamsen subsequently developed more complex and dramatic style, as exemplified by the Second String Quartet (1981) and Nacht und Trompeten for orchestra (1981), probably his most popular orchestral work.

In all his music, Abrahamsen has striven to make the instrumentation clear and delicate (he is an influential teacher of orchestration at the Royal Danish Conservatory). In 1990, Abrahamsen created, with Søren Hansen among others, the Århus Sinfonietta, which has been an important outlet for new music in Denmark. Abrahamsen's other works include arrangements for chamber ensemble of music by Satie, Nielsen, and Ravel. Read less
Browse 1-11 of 11 Available Recordings
  • 1.
    Through The Looking Glass / Alpha
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8226579 Release Date: 01/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Poul Ruders,  Per Norgård,  Hans Abrahamsen,  Bent Sorensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alpha (Ensemble)
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    Hans Abrahamsen: Walden Wald / De Leeuw, Calefax Reed Quintet, Asko Schonberg Ensemble
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 910203 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Abrahamsen
    Conductor:  Reinbert De Leeuw
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calefax Reed Quintet,  Asko Schönberg Ensemble
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    Phantasmagoria: Danish Piano Trios
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8226108 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bent Sorensen,  Hans Abrahamsen,  Per Norgård
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Con Brio Copenhagen
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    Wing Span: Contemporary Danish Accordion Music & Classical Accordion Works
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 718 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Vagn Holmboe,  Mogens Christensen,  Louis Aguirre,  Hans Abrahamsen  ... 
    Performer:  Adam Orvad
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    Hans Abrahamsen: Schnee / Ensemble Recherche
    Label: Winter & Winter   Catalog: 159 Release Date: 10/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Abrahamsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Recherche
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  • 6.
    Open Space - Woodworks - Wood 'n' Flutes
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8226541 Release Date: 09/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Abrahamsen
    Performer:  Genie Johnsson,  Pia Brinch Jensen,  Karina Agerbo,  Vicki Boeckman
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    L'homme Armé - Works For Solo Cello / Morten Zeuthen
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8226007 Release Date: 11/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vagn Holmboe,  Niels Rosing-Schow,  Poul Ruders,  Hans Abrahamsen  ... 
    Performer:  Morten Zeuthen
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  • 8.
    Abrahamsen: Orchestral Works
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8226010 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Abrahamsen
    Performer:  Anne Marie Fjord Abildskov
    Conductor:  Thomas Dausgaard
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 9.
    Gade, Abrahamsen, Horneman, Norgård / Schmidt, Hansen
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32194 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niels Gade,  Hans Abrahamsen,  Christian Emil Horneman,  Per Norgaard
    Conductor:  Soren Kaare Hansen,  Ole Schmidt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aarhus Royal Academy of Music Orchestra
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  • 10.
    Speculum Musicae Plays The New Danes
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9054 Release Date: 02/28/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Poul Ruders,  Hans Abrahamsen,  Bent Sorensen,  Karl Aage Rasmussen
    Performer:  Carl Albach,  Aleck Karis,  Lois Martin,  Marji Danilow  ... 
    Conductor:  David Starobin,  William Purvis,  Donald Palma
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Speculum Musicae
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  • 11.
    New Music For Choir / Bo Holten, Ars Nova
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32016 Release Date: 09/16/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sven-David Sandström,  Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgree,  Poul Ruders,  Bo Holten  ... 
    Performer:  Eva Hess Thaysen,  Claus K Hansen,  Bo Holten
    Conductor:  Bo Holten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Nova Vocal Ensemble,  Rilke Ensemble
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