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Niels Viggo Bentzon

Born: 1919

Died: 2000

Nationality: Danish

Publisher: Edition Wilhelm Hansen

Photo © Marianne Grøndahl


Niels Viggo Bentzon is perhaps the most wide-ranging Danish composer in the 20th century. His immense output of more than 600 opuses includes virtually every imaginable genre. The main emphasis is on symphonic music and music for Bentzon’s own instrument, the piano. Despite a certain recurrent inspiration from German composer Paul Hindemith, Bentzon’s music is best described as deeply personal. In his enduring career as both composer and pianist there is hardly a modern musical style, trend or compositional technique he has not challenged and turned into his own. Partly due to the vastness of his oeuvre, Niels Viggo Bentzon is one of the most important composers in 20th century Danish music.

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