The "Rediscovery" of Langgaard - and what has
|Milestones in the recognition
of Langgaard's music - year for year
Sfærernes Musik (Music of the Spheres) was performed for the first time since 1922 at the Scandinavian Music Festival in Stockholm on 19.9, and received much attention. Sergiu Comissiona conducted the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
A double edition of the Dansk Musik Tidsskrift (nos 7-8) was devoted to Langgaard. There were articles by Bo Wallner, Tage Nielsen, Jens Brincker and Gunnar Colding-Jørgensen.
Constance Langgaard died on 4.2, and shortly afterwards a foundation was set up to safeguard the composer's rights, the Langgaard Foundation.
The first gramophone recording of Langgaard's music was published. This was a shortened production of Sfærernes Musik (Music of the Spheres), performed at the Scandinavian Music Festival in Stockholm the year before.
The first Danish performance of Sfærernes Musik, featuring the Århus City Orchestra and Per Dreier, was performed in the Rundhøjhallen in Holme on 14.9 during the Århus Festival Week, and was broadcast by Danish Radio.
Sfærernes Musik was performed for the first time at a Thursday Concert on 21.1 by the Radio Symphony Orchestra with John Frandsen conducting and Margrethe Danielsen as the soloist.
Symphony No. 14 Morgenen (Morning) was performed for the first time on 24.5 in Tivoli by the Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Radio Choir and Michael Schønwandt.
A 20-page article on Langgaard by Jørgen I. Jensen was published in Dansk Musik Tidsskrift No. 6 (May) as a lead-up to the first performance of the opera, Antikrist (Antichrist).
Throughout the month of June, a comprehensive series of radio programmes about Langgaard, written by Poul Borum and Bendt Viinholt Nielsen, led up to the first performance on the 28.6 of the opera, Antikrist (Fortabelsen) (Antichrist - Perdition) This was a studio production by Danish Radio with the Radio Symphony Orchestra, choir and soloists, conducted by Michael Schønwandt.
Danish Radio broadcast a studio production of Langgaards's composition for organ, Messis, spread over three evenings - the 25, 26 and 27.3. The organist was Erik Haumann. This was the first time the work had been played in its entirety.
The Kontra Quartet recorded six of Langgaard's string quartets, which were released by RCA on two LP's. This recording was highly acclaimed by all.
At concerts held in the Tivoli Concert Hall on the 10 and 11.12, Langgaard's opera Antikrist (Fortabelsen) (Antichrist - Perdition) was performed for the first time. Soloists, choir and the Zealand Symphony Orchestra were conducted by Ole Schmidt. In 1988 this performance was released on an LP.
The journal, Undr (Århus - No. 50), published a vitally important essay by Jørgen I. Jensen, entitled "Opad mod undergangen. Musikalsk form og religion hos den unge Rued Langgaard." (The Rise towards Decline. Musical Form and Religion in the younger Rued Langgaard).
Danacord released all the symphonies plus a number of other orchestral works on 7 CD's, played by the Polish orchestra, the Artur Rubinstein Philharmonic, conducted by Ilja Stubel. This initiative was rapturously received, and Jesper Buhl of Danacord received an award from the radio magazine, Boleros, for the publication of these recordings.
The first three volumes of a new series of scores, Dansk Musik fra Det Kongelige Biblioteks Samlinger (Danish Music from the Collections of the Royal Library), were published by the Society for the Publication of Danish Music. They contained String Quartets Nos 2 and 6, as well as Langgaard's Afgrundsmusik (Music of the Abyss) and Insektarium (The Insectarium)
On 10 September, The Royal Library opened a comprehensive Langgaard exhibition containing original material from the library's collections, selected by Bendt Viinholt Nielsen. In 1994 this exhibition was converted into a travelling library exhibition.
In October, and important essay on Langgaard, written by Jørgen I. Jensen, was published in Dansk Musik Tidsskrift (No. 2), entitled Gesandt fra en fjern kirke (Envoy from a Distant Church).
A new recording of Langgaard's Symphony No. 1 Klippepastoraler (Cliff Pastorales) was made at Chandos with the Radio Symphony Orchestra with Leif Segerstam. The August number of the prestigious German periodical, FonoForum, named it the CD of the month, and the record company announced large sales of the CD in the USA.
The important German journal, Das Orchester (No. 9), published the first in-depth article about Langgaard in German, written by Lutz Lesle.
Engstrøm & Sødring published two volumes of hitherto unpublished piano works by Langgaard, including Vanvidsfantasi (Fantasia of Madness), and Le Béguinage.