“...Frederik Magle does not write music for the sake of music. It is not a display of different composition techniques and attitudes. Instead he wants to express something, tell a story, and he uses his technique to create atmospheres and make an impact.”
—Svend Erik Sørensen, Fyens Stiftidende
Fanfare of the Royal Danish Orchestra
The Fanfare of the Royal Danish Orchestra (Det Kongelige Kapels Fanfare) was commissioned by the orchestra and The Royal Danish Theatre and premiered twice, first as a video recording presented as a gift from the theatre to H.M. Queen Margrethe II on her 80th birthday on April 16, 2020 - and secondly as a live premiere conducted by Thomas Søndergaard at the re-opening of the Royal Theatre on June 7, 2020. The fanfare was the first piece of orchestral music to be performed live in Denmark after the corona-shutdown in the spring 2020.
The Fairest of Roses
The fanfare for two trumpets and organ "The Fairest of Roses" (Den yndigste rose) was premiered in Saint Paul’s Church, Copenhagen, on the first Sunday of Advent, December 3rd 2017, in celebration of the church's 140-years jubilee, and the re-dedication of the church tower.
At first I had not intended to base The Fairest of Roses on the Danish hymn “Den yndigste rose er funden” (Now found is the fairest of roses). But as I composed the piece only a few months after the death of my mother - whose favorite hymn it had been - it became an essential influence.
While working on the fanfare, I realized that subconsciously, I had been using fragments of the hymn all along. Eventually, I gave in, and right before the coda the hymn is finally heard in full, concluding a build-up from tiny fragments to completion. The result is a contemplative, mostly gently flowing and almost meditative fanfare celebrating greatness of the more hidden and less apparent kind.
Frederik Magle is prominent a Danish composer, organist, and pianist. His works has been performed by The London Philharmonic, The Danish National Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Danish Orchestra, and many other outstanding ensembles and soloists around the world.