Ep 37 — Frederik Magle on his Academic Education, his Music, and Loosing the Fear of Becoming Kitsch | The Cave of Apelles

He is a danish, tonal composer who seeks to create works you would want to listen to on your deathbed. Frederik Magle visits The Cave to explain why storytelling — not musical technicalities — is the goal of a composer.
He also touches on the strange and mixed reception of his work, and how the sway «modern» values may still hold over classically minded people, and how to counter that.

⭐ Also watch the bonus-material where Magle talks about the Orgel Bewegung, Constructing an Organ, and Film Music in Concert Halls:
▶️ https://www.patreon.com/posts/61036200

02:07 Influenced by his father’s passion for painting and music as a child
03:49 Applying for two majors at the Royal Danish Academy of Music
05:18 Decision to leave the Conservatory
08:15 On tonal and atonal music
10:46 How the system molds you into a specific direction
14:14 Not being part of the academic circle
18:13 The self-fulfilling prophecy of being an outsider
23:38 Overcoming bitterness and two-year writer’s block by having a child
28:57 On improvisation and his “Skyward” fanfare for the F-35 rollout ceremony
38:40 Inspiration can appear in the dullest of moments
41:31 Mozart’s Requiem and Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony
45:13 The Walcker Organ in Riga Cathedral
46:36 Magle’s career as an organ consultant
48:53 The relationship between music and architecture
50:36 Modal composition
52:52 Fanfare for the Danish Royal Orchestra
57:05 The fear of not delivering
1:00:11 What would Magle say to Gustav Mahler?
1:03:13 How both Modern and Classical values can limit your work
1:08:47 On composing “The Secret Garden”
1:15:57 Losing the fear of becoming kitsch

The conversation was produced by Bork S. Nerdrum and assisted by Öde S. Nerdrum.

Dean Anthony
Fergus Ryan
Anders Berge Christensen
Alastair Blain
Erik Lasky
Jared Fountain
Michael Irish
Shaun Roberts
Stacey Evangelista
Peter Asinger
Herman Borge
Elizabeth Freeman
Jack Entz Warner
Jon Harald Aspheim
Tonelise Rugaas
Trym Jordahl
Yngve Hellan

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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"