Frederik Magle

Frederik Magle
Frederik Magle conducting

Frederik Magle (born 17 April 1977) is a Danish composer, concert organist, and pianist. He studied composition and music theory with Leif Thybo and attended the Royal Danish Academy of Music where he studied composition and organ. He is mainly known for his works for the Danish Royal Family, which include music composed for the christening of Prince Nikolai in 1999[1], and a symphonic suite Cantabile, based on texts by Prince Henrik of Denmark (the Prince Consort) of which the first movement "Souffle le vent" was first performed in 2004, and the remaining two movements "Cortège & Danse Macabre" and "Carillon", in June 2009, on both occasions by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.

His musical style can be characterized as being generally melodic while maintaining some elements of atonality.

Frederik Magle created the tonal design for a new 21-voices pipe organ in Jørlunde Church, Denmark that was inaugurated in October 2009. In 2010 he released a double CD, Like a Flame, with free improvisations recorded on the Jørlunde-organ.


Notable works

  • Symphony for organ No. 2 "Let there be light" (1993)
  • "The song is a fairytale” 20 songs based on fairytales by Hans Christian Andersen (1993)
  • Concerto for organ and orchestra “The infinite second” (1994)
  • Symphonic "Lego Fantasia" for piano and orchestra, commissioned by the Lego Group (1995–96)
  • "A newborn child, before eternity, God!" Christmas cantata, for brass band, choir, soloists, organ and percussion (1996)
  • “Light on your path” for organ and brass quintet, written for the christening of Prince Nikolai (1999)
  • The Hope for brass band, choir, organ and percussion, written in memory of the battle of Copenhagen (2001)
  • "Phoenix" for mixed choir and organ or piano four-hands (2003)
  • Symphonic suite "Cantabile" consisting of three symphonic poems for orchestra, choir, and soloists (2004–2009)


  • 1993 Sangen er et eventyr (The song is a fairytale). Thomas Eje, The Danish Boys' Choir, Trio Rococo, Niels Lan Doky, Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Alex Riel. BMG 74321 24537-2
  • 1994 The Infinite Second. Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, Dzintars Josts, Frederik Magle (The organ in Riga Cathedral). EMI Classics 5555972
  • 1997 Et nyfødt barn, før evighed, Gud! (A newborn child, before eternity, God). Christmas cantata. EMI Classics 5565942
  • 1998 Symphonic Lego Fantasia. London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry, Frederik Magle (piano). Released by the Lego Group.
  • 1999 Cæciliemusik (Music for Saint Cecilia). Danacord DACOCD 520
  • 2000 Lys på din vej (Light on your path). Frederik Magle, The Brass Ensemble of the Royal Danish Guards, Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Frans Rasmussen. EMI Classics 5571152
  • 2004 Kosmos. ClassicO CLASSCD 478
  • 2005 Søværnet Ønsker God Vind (The Royal Danish Navy wishes godspeed). The Royal Danish Naval Band. Released by the Royal Danish Navy (2005)
  • 2005 Hymne til Sofia (Hymn to Sophia). John Tchicai, Peter Ole Jørgensen, Frederik Magle. Calibrated CALI012[2]
  • 2010 Like a Flame. Frederik Magle (organ improvisations). Proprius Music PRCD 2061[3]
  • 2011 Elektra. Featured symphonic music by Frederik Magle on the Suspekt-album. Universal Music/Tabu Records.


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