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date: 20 August 2019

Alsted, Birgittelocked

  • Inge Bruland

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(b Odense, June 15, 1942). Danish composer. Educated at the Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen as a violinist, she became a member of the conservatory's Study Circle of contemporary music, which encouraged her development as a composer. Since producing her first work in 1971 she has devoted herself to composing, but at the same time she derives inspiration from working as a freelance violinist and teacher, where her main concern is encouraging creativity in children. All her activities, not least her theatrical projects, reveal an experimental approach. She has co-operated successfully with the actor and director Brigitte Kolerus to create fascinating performance-pieces, usually with a feminist stance, such as Frokost i det grønne (‘Lunch in the Open Air’) and Drømmespil (‘Dreamplay’). The photographer Helle Nørregaard has been another collaborator. Alsted's music has always been extremely expressive; when it is not dominated by pure timbres it moves freely, while not avoiding tonality. In ...

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