I am from time to time asked what kind of music I compose, either by people unfamiliar with it or by people who have heard some of my music but can't quite classify it. I always find myself unable to fully answer that question.
My foundation is unarguably the "classical music" of the western tradition and a majority of my compositions are listed as contemporary classical music, but that can mean many things. To me it simply means composing new (contemporary) music utilizing a measure of traditional (classical) techniques and methods. One such technique is writing scores for others to play, though not all classical music have to be written down; improvisations, for example, do not.
Regardless of how to classify or name it, all I really can say is that I compose - and play - the kind of music I myself like to hear without worries about genre, and I invite you to explore it here, letting the music speak for itself.
Feel free to contact me directly or through the music forums with any questions, comments, thoughts, and ideas you may have.«
Frederik Magle conducting in the Copenhagen Concert Hall, September 10, 2011
September 12th, 2011: Frederik Magle has composed music for symphony orchestra and pipe organ on Danish hip hop group Suspekt's new album "Elektra". On September 10th he conducted the orchestra and performed live on pipe organ at the release concert in the Copenhagen Concert Hall. The concert was reviewed in Danish music magazine Gaffa who gave it 6 out of 6 stars!
»...this is a double CD that no fan of original organ music should be without.«
- MusicWeb International
»...organ virtuoso« - SNYK Contemporary Music
»...conjures up a strange, sick, fascinating, and ghostly universe«
- Prof. Christian Præstholm
»Highly recommended!« - Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review
February 5th, 2010: Two new "teasers" from Frederik Magle's upcoming album to be released on CD later in 2010. Recorded on the organ in Jørlunde church: "Like a Flame" and "Origin". More info about the organ here and here.
On October 25th, 2009, a new 24-stop pipe organ with tonal design by Frederik Magle was inaugurated in Jørlunde Church (Denmark) at a festive Mass. Among the unique things, the organ contains a new "Aetheria-Cornet"-voice developed by Frederik Magle as well as the largest organ pipes in any Danish village church ever. Frederik Magle gave the first concert on the organ on November 8th, 2009
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Bach: Toccata & Fugue in D-Minor BWV 565
Free high quality MP3 download of Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D-minor performed live by Frederik Magle on the world famous pipe organ in Riga Cathedral.