Twelve facts about Langgaard:
- Born 1893 (Copenhagen), died 1952 (Ribe)
- A unique musical genius, idealistic - and eccentric.
- Composed more than 400 works - 50 hours of music in all.
- The background for Langgaard's music is a religious belief in the spiritual power of music and its importance for
- He was not appreciated by his contemporaries and came into conflict with the spirit of the time and the powers that
be of Danish music.
- "Carl Nielsen is Humbug" is a typically bitter statement by Langgaard.
- At the age of 47 Langgaard was 'exported' to Ribe, where he finally obtained a permanent job (as the cathedral
- In 1968, 16 years after his death, Langgaard was 'rediscovered' and accurately described as an "ecstatic outsider."
- Since then, his tragic fate and fascinatingly 'different' music have interested an increasing number of people.
- Today, more than 100 compositions have been recorded on LP's and CD's, including his 16 symphonies.
- Langgaard is a lonely figure in the history of music in Denmark, but belongs to an international 'family' of outsiders
which includes the American, Charles Ives.
- Langgaard's music is expressive, affected, visionary, extreme, bizarre - and irrational. Concepts such as style, tone,
time and space are more prominent in Langgaard's music than such traditional basic elements as melody and form.