Bjerre, Jens

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Bjerre, Jens

Bjerre, Jens, Danish organist and composer; b. Àrhus, Oct. 13, 1903; d. Copenhagen, Jan. 3, 1986. He studied piano, organ, and theory at the Copenhagen Cons. (1919–23), and piano with Levy in Paris. He was organist at Copenhagen’s St. Stefanskirke (1933–55) and Garnisonskirke (1955–72).

Works

DRAMATIC: Ballet Kameliadamen (1958; Copenhagen, March 27, 1960); Den hvide souper (The White Supper; Danish Radio and TV, Dec. 27, 1964). OTHER: Incidental music. ORCH.: Madrigal con Variazioni (1948; Danish Radio, June 10, 1958); Ouverture Parisienne (1949). CHAMBER: Mosaique musicale I for Flute, Violin, and Cello (1936), II for English Horn, Violin, and Cello, (1955), and III for Flute, Violin, and Cello (1974); 2 violin sonatinas (1941, 1945); Duo Concertante for Cello and Piano (1942); Serenade for Flute, Oboe, and Viola (1943); Piano Trio (1946); Sonata for Solo Cello (1947); Diapsalmata for Cello and Piano (1953); Dionysian Suite for Oboe (1962); Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano (1969); Interludium for Flute and Organ (1980). Organ: Toccata con fughetta e ciacone (1956). VOCAL: Choruses and songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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