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date: 17 August 2019

Linnet, Annelocked

  • Inge Bruland


(b Århus, July 30, 1953). Danish composer and rock musician. She made her début as a rock singer and composer in 1971 with the jazz- and soul-inspired band Tears. In 1974 she formed an all-woman band, Shit og Chanel, which issued five recordings. She studied with Per Nørgård and Hans Abrahamsen at the conservatory in Århus (1976–85), graduating first in music education and then in composition, and was the first woman to complete the composition course at a Danish conservatory. In 1977 she made a solo recording, Kvindesind, in which she set poems by the Danish writer, Tove Ditlevsen. During the 1980s she wrote much theatre music and, with her bands, issued further recordings, including Anne Linnet Band (1981) and Marquis de Sade (1983). Her 1988 record of simple love songs, Jer er jo lige her (‘I'm Right Here’), sold 400,000 copies, making it the best-selling Danish album ever. Linnet composed the songs' lyrics as well as the music. Simplicity and a sense for the musical declamation of the Danish language characterize Linnet's popular music; her singing voice is distinctive rather then melodious. The more serious compositions have not enjoyed the same success, but Linnet does not consider that these two kinds of music exist in separate spheres, since both aim for a direct and intense personal expression and make equal use of her technical abilities....

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