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Maegaard, Jan (Carl Christian)

Maegaard, Jan (Carl Christian)

Maegaard, Jan (Carl Christian), Danish musicologist and composer; b. Copenhagen, April 14, 1926. He studied at the Royal Danish Cons. of Music in Copenhagen (teacher’s diploma in theory and music history, 1953), at the Univ. of Copenhagen (M.A., 1957; Ph.D., 1972, with the diss. Studien zur Entwicklung des dodekaphonen Satzes bei Arnold Schönberg; pubi, in Copenhagen, 1972), and at the Univ. of Calif. at Los Angeles (1958–59). After teaching at the Royal Danish Cons. of Music (1953–58), he joined the faculty of the Univ. of Copenhagen in 1959, where he was an assoc. prof. (1961–71) and prof. (1971–96). He also was a visiting prof. at the State Univ. of N.Y. at Stony Brook (1974) and prof. of music at the Univ. of Calif, at Los Angeles (1978–81). In 1986 he was made a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, and in 1988 a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. As a composer, Maegaard has explored a wide range of styles, from tonal to serial.


(all publ. in Copenhagen): Musikalsk Modernisme (1964; 2nd. ed., 1971); Praeludier til Musik af Schönberg (1976); Indforing i Romantisk Harmonik(2 vols., 1980,1986; vol. I with T. Larsen); ed. Musikalsk analyse efter Forte-metoden(1988); with G. Busk, Kuhlau: Kanons(1996).


dramatic: Don Quixote, incidental music (1949); Den hvide souper, music for a radio play (1954); Antigone, incidental music (1966). orch.: 2 chamber concertos (1949; 1961–62); March for Strings (1956); Due tempi (1961); Marine-foreningens jubilaeumsmarch for Military Orch. (1963); Danmark trofast (1971; also for Tenor and Piano); De profundis (1976; also for Men’s Chorus and Piano); March for Military Orch. (1980); Triptykon for Violin and Strings (1984); Sinfonietta for Strings (1986); Cello Concerto (1994); Jeu mosaïque for Harp and Orch. (1995). chamber: Suite for Violin and Piano (1949); Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1950); Wind Quintet (1951); Suite for 2 Violins (1951); Quasi una sonata for Viola and Piano (1952); Bassoon Sonata (1952); Variations impromptus for Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano (1953); Fern praeludier for Violin (1956); O alter Duft aus Märchenzeit, trio-serenade for Violin, Cello, and Piano (1960); Octomeri for Violin and Piano (1962); ISCM Fanfare for 4 Trombones (1964); Movimento for Clarinet, Horn, String Quartet, Percussion, and Hammond Organ (1967); Musica riservata No. 1 for String Quartet (1970), No. 2 for Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Saxophone (1976), and No. 3 for Flute, Oboe, Cello, and Harpsichord (1982); Pastorale for 2 Clarinets (1976); Canon for 3 Flutes (1980); Labirinto I for Viola (1986) and II for Guitar (1987); Duo Phantasy for 2 Guitars (1988); Double for Cello (1988); Pierrot in the Ball Room for 2 Guitars (1988); Kinderblicke for Guitar (1989); Preludio notturno d’estate e contrappunto fugato for 2 Flutes, String Quartet, and Piano, 4-Hands (1991); Progressive variationer for Violin and Cello (1993). keyboard: piano:Koncertetude/Passacaglia (1949); Sonata (1955); 5 pezzi(1959); Danse til Marina (1975). organ:Tre orgelkoraler (1954); Aus tiefer Not (1956); Tre orgelkoraler (1969); Passacaglia-fantasia-choral (1981); Fantasia: Indsigterudsigter (1983). vocal:Pigens mede med Pan for Soprano, Flute, Clarinet, and Piano (1947); Legend for Soprano, Violin, and Piano (1949); Den gyldne harpe for Mezzosoprano, Oboe, Cello, and Piano (1952); G°a udenom sletterne for Chorus and String Orch. (1953); Jaevndøgnselegi(Elegy of Equinox) for Soprano, Cello, and Organ (1955); Sic enim amavit, motet for Chorus or Soprano, Trumpet, and Organ (1969); Liebeslied for Alto and 2 Guitars (1990); Te Deum for 2 Choruses, Children’s Chorus, and Organ (1992); many other choral pieces and songs. other: Cadenzas; orchestrations; arrangements.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire

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