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date: 17 August 2019

Pade, Else Marielocked

  • Inge Bruland

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(b Århus, Dec 2, 1924). Danish composer. After participating in the resistance during World War II, she trained as a pianist at the Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen. Her first composition teacher was Vagn Holmboe; later she had lessons in 12-note technique with Jan Maegaard. Primarily inspired by Pierre Schaeffer’s A la recherche d’une musique concrète (1952) and taking advantage of the facilities at Danish Radio, where she was employed from 1952, she became the first Danish composer to write electronic music, beginning sound experiments in 1954. Through a series of radio lectures in 1959 she introduced listeners to electronic music and musique concrète. From 1958 to 1960 she was chairman of Aspect, an association for experimental arts. In the late 1970s she participated in a research project at the National Hospital in Copenhagen, where musique concrète was used to stimulate the imagination of mentally handicapped children. Her output, which includes ballets, other theatre works and music for films, is characterized by a diversity of delicately polished ...

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