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Trygve Madsen

Reaches age 75 on 15 February 2014!

Trygve Madsen was born in Fredrikstad on 15 February 1940 and grew up in a family rich in musical tradition. He began playing the piano at the age of six. At seven he wrote short piano pieces and at nine he composed his first songs.
From 1956 to 1961 Madsen studied with composition with Egil Hovland and piano with Ivar Johnsen. Madsen also studied with Erik Werba at the Akademie für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna from 1969 to 1971.
Madsen is much in demand as a composer across the world. His music has been performed throughout Europe, Australia, the US and Latin America.
He has sought inspiration in the western classical tradition, not at least Ravel. Besides, Madsen has always been interested jazz. Trygve Madsen enjoys playing jazz piano and is inspired by Art Tatum, Errol Garner and Oscar Peterson, among others, which can clearly be heard in his use of the piano, and in other contexts.

He has enjoyed a rewarding relationship with the publisher Musikk-Husets Forlag A/S for about 40 years, during this time publishing more than 100 works. Musikk- Husets Forlag A/S congratulates Madsen on his seventy-fifth birthday and looks forward to a continued fruitful collaboration. They also send a huge thanks to Madsen´s friend and artist Thore Hansen who has for more than three decades embellished the editions with beautiful and humoristic covers.

Of recent pieces his Sinfonia Concertante for four horns and orchestra has had particular success.
After being introduced during the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival of 2011, Cristoph Eß and his horn quartet “german horn sound” commissioned a work by Trygve Madsen which could function well alongside Schumann’s Concert Piece for Four Horns and Orchestra, and in their concert repertoire in general. Madsen, as well as the Bayrische Rundfunk, were immediately excited by the idea, and Madsen started his sketches of what resulted in the Sinfonia Concertante op. 153. The work was initially intended for the Strauss year of 2014, but was ready, and premiered a year earlier, in the summer of 2013. The work has subsequently been performed at twelve different venues and issued on a CD to be released during autumn 2015. In the Sinfonia Concertante op. 153 uses we find quotes from Strauss as well as some rythmic elements of jazz. The piece comes across as an important addition to the horn repertoire.
The piece has so far been performed twelve times by among others – the Bamberger Symphoniker, conducted by Sanderling Ensemble, Symphonique Neuchâtel conducted by Alexander Mayer.
Next performance will be by Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen on 2 February 2015, Stadthalle Reutlingen.

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