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Vagn Holmboe
1909 - 1996
Denmark
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V. Holmboe
Vagn Holmboe (20/12/1909 - 12/09/1996), a Danish composer, from Horsens (East Jutland ). He studied composition with Knud Jeppesen and Finn Høffding at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. He undertook further studies in Berlin and in Romania, where the folk music was a great inspiration to him.
Holmboe himself taught at the Academy in Copenhagen from 1950 (from 1956 as a professor) but he resigned in 1965 in order to devote himself to his composition work.
As a composer Holmboe avoids laborlousness and 'originality' for originality's sake. Key words are logic, consequence and clarity, which are found for example in Viennese Classical style. Thus the music of Haydn has been a particular source of inspiration. Of composers from the 20th century Holmboe is particularly influenced by Carl Nielsen and Sibelius, and by Stravinsky and Bartok.
Holmboe has composed in most of the genres of music. Among the works for orchestra the 13 symphonies are particularly noticable. The thirteenth of these (written in 1995) received its world premiere on 1 March 1996 with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. All the symphonies have currently been recorded on CD by the BIS label.
Holmboe has also composed solo concerti for most of the instruments of the symphony orchestra. Among the chamber works the 20 string quartets take up a central position. Also important are also the great number of works written by Holmboe for mixed chorus a cappella. These include the beautiful series Liber Canticorum.
Requiem - Seele, vergiss Sie nicht
Period:Expressionism
Composed in:1931
Musical form:free
Text/libretto:Friedrich Hebbel
A requiem motet: "Seele, vergiss Sie nicht, Seele, vergiss nicht die Toten" for child's voice, children's choir and strings. The text is a poem by the German poet Friedrich Hebbel (1813 - 1863).

Requiem

Seele, vergiss Sie nicht,
Seele, vergiss nicht die Toten!
Sieh', Sie umschweben dich,
schauernd verlassen,
und in den heiligen Gluten,
die den Armen die Liebe schürt,
atmen Sie auf und erwarmen,
und geniessen zum letzten Mal
ihr verglimmendes Leben.

Seele, vergiss Sie nicht,
Seele, vergiss nicht die Toten!

Und wenn du dich ihnen verschliessest,
so erstarren Sie bis hinein in das Tiefste.
Dann ergreift Sie der Sturm der Nacht
dem Sie zusammengekrampft
in sich trotzten im Schoss der Liebe.
Und er jagt Sie mit Ungestüm
durch die endlose Wüste hin,
wo nicht Leben mehr ist,
nur Kampf losgelassener Kräfte
neuerneuertes Sein.

Seele, vergiss Sie nicht,
Seele, vergiss nicht die Toten.
Source:The new Grove dictionary of music and musicians
Contributor:Ole Nielsen
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C.F. Hebbel
(text)
Requiem for Nietzsche
Period:Modernism
Composed in:1964
Text/libretto:Thorkild Bjornvig
Duration:51'44''
Label(s):Dacapo 8.224207
This requiem is his opus 84 and is written 1963-64. On 26th November 1964 Vagn Holmboe's requiem was given its first performance in the Danish Radio Concert Hall. The Danish National Symphony Orchestra/DR and the Danish National Choir/DR formed the artistic foundation then and does so again in this Dacapo recording of the work, which has not been recorded before, or indeed been performed in recent times. This may be because of the performing resources the work requires: a large symphony orchestra and 60-70 professional choral singers as well as baritone and tenor soloists. The Requiem for Nietzsche, which is one of Vagn Holmboe's major works, has a text by Thorkild Bjornvig (1918 - 2004), a Danish poet.
Source:www.naxos.com
Requiem for Nietzsche contains:
- part one (13'31)
- part two (11'21)
- part three (12'43)
- part four (9'31)
- part five (5'39)
Source:booklet of cd Dacapo 8.224207
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F. Nietzsche
(dedicatee)