Edvard Hagerup-Bull, born in 1922 in Bergen, Norway, is currantly one of the most authentic Norwegian creators and probably one of the most original composers of the 20th century. Following brillant studies in Oslo, he came to Paris to work from 1948 to 1953 at the Paris «Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique» in the composition class of Darius Milhaud and Jean Rivier, and Olivier Messiaen’s analysis class.
His studies, crowned by a musical composition prize from the Paris C.N.S.M., were completed by the master teaching of Charles Koechlin, and then Boris Blacher at the Berlin Hochschule.
The man Darius Milhaud described as «one of his most brillant students» and «a musician with a solid technique and a truly very enthralling, vigorous and highly imaginative personality», composed a body of works impressive in terms of quality and quantity, and noteworthy for its diversity of genres.
The originator of two operas, thirty orchestral works and chamber music pieces, the work of Edvard Hagerup-Bull impressed wherever it is played, owing to its powerful lyricism and contrasts, reflecting his native Norway.
This great expressive and personnal characteristic spirit has a remarkably solid base of training and knowledge. Edvard Hagerup-Bull possesses the art of direct speech going straigh to the essential. His work is recognized throughout the world by numerous eminent artists.
Jean Rivier emphasized «his exceptional musical gifts». Time has added to this a depth and gravity of musical thought.
Edvard Hagerup-Bull’s works
Composer catalogue of Edvard Hagerup-Bull[ pdf - 152 Kb ]
Royal Philarmonic Orchestra de Londes, Dir. : Per Dreier
Aurora , cop 1986 / NC 4912
Ad usum amicorum
Quatuor Instrumental de Paris
Aurora, p & c 1997 / ACD 4993
Sonata con spirito
Trio Ravel (extraits) / Soliste : Liviu Stanese
Aurora, cop 1986 / NC 4912
Premier concerto pour trompette
Orchestre Phil. d’Oslo / Soliste : Harry Kevebaek
Orchestre Phil. d’Oslo, Dir : Qivin Fjeldstad / Soliste : Harry Kevebaek
Aurora, p & c 1992 / ACD 4970 / Varèse VS 81019
Chant d’hommage à Jean Rivier
Norwegian Broadcasting Orchestra, Dir : Christian Eggen
Aurora, p & c 1992 / ACD 4970
Le petit berger du Haut Pays
Fl : Frédéric Werner / Pno : Anne-Marie Lachapele
Cassette : collection Panorama, Billaudot