Ep 12 – Marcus Paus on the Challenges as a Romantic Composer in a Field of Dogmatic Modernists | The Cave of Apelles

“I have had mentors as well as tormentors,” says Marcus Paus, the Norwegian composer, whose admiration for the craft of classical music has led to his work being frequently attacked by dogmatic modernists — among them a self-appointed nemesis, known as “the teacher who was not to be.”
Paus’ response is to declare that he is not an ideological composer, but simply a musician who recognizes the necessity of seeing the past as a self-evident source of knowledge.
In his conversation with Jan-Ove Tuv, he also talks about his education in Oslo with Trygve Madsen and in New York with Richard Danielpour, his work with film music and highlights from his own works, such as “Love’s Last Rites” from his album “Odes & Elegies”.

Can you learn something across disciplines? By the end of their conversation, Tuv and Paus also discuss the value of Paus’ friendship with painters and poets such as Christopher Rådlund and Håkan Sandell.

The Centerpiece for this conversation is “Stetind” by Christopher Rådlund.
The episode was produced by Bork S. Nerdrum, assisted by Andrew Aviste and Seth Fite.

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  • Apelles was asked why he touched and retouched his pictures with so much care, to which he replied:
    "I paint for eternity"