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

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

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.

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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"