Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

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Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (2012)

Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen (21 November 1932 – 27 June 2016) was a Danish composer.


Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was the son of the sculptor Jørgen Gudmundsen-Holmgreen. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, with Finn Høffding, Svend Westergaard, Bjørn Hjelmborg, and Vagn Holmboe (instrumentation), graduating in 1958.[1]

Amongst other works, he composed fourteen string quartets and a Concerto Grosso for string quartet and orchestra, written for the Kronos Quartet, which he referred to as "Vivaldi on Safari."[2]

He won the Nordic Council Music Prize in 1980 for his Symfoni/Antifoni.

Gudmundsen-Holmgreen died of cancer on 26 June 2016.[3]


  1. ^ Jakobsen, Erik H.A. (2001). "Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Pelle". In Sadie, Stanley; Tyrrell, John (eds.). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2nd ed.). London: Macmillan.
  2. ^ Cornelius 2016.
  3. ^ Cornelius 2016; Lohse 2016; Wright 2016.

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