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Jørgen Bentzon


Born: 1897 Died: 1951


Jørgen Bentzon was a Danish composer –
cousin of composer Niels Viggo Bentzon. Aside from his work as composer, Jørgen
Bentzon held different positions in the Danish state administration.



Jørgen Bentzon’s output is small and
exclusive, characterized by a confident sense of form and solid musical
craftsmanship. This is well reflected in e.g. the chamber work series Racconti
no. 1-6. Bentzon’s chamber pieces are typified by a kind of polyphony where the
individual instruments to some extent express themselves freely according to
their instrumental characters – the so-called "character polyphony" –
a characteristic inherited from Carl Nielsen’s wind quintet and that was to be
the hallmark of Bentzon’s chamber music.


Together with composer Finn Høffding, Jørgen
Bentzon was a pioneer of Danish interwar educational work, and a number of his
choral works were written especially for children and adolescents.


 



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