Else Marie Pade, Danish composer, Died at 91

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Else Marie Pade was born on December 2, 1924, in Aarhus and died on January 18, 2016.

She was a Danish composer.

Pade was educated as a pianist at the Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium (Royal Danish Academy of Music) in Copenhagen.

Miss Pade studied composition first with Vagn Holmboe, and later with Jan Maegaard, from whom she learned twelve-tone technique.

In 1954, Else became the first Danish composer of electronic and concrete music (Bruland 2001).

Miss Pade knew and worked with Pierre Schaeffer and Karlheinz Stockhausen as well as Pierre Boulez.

Miss Pade was active in the resistance during the Second World War, and was interned at the Frøslev prison camp from 1944 till the end of the war.

Following the war, read Else Marie Pade music at the Conservatory of Music, at first as a pianist, but because of the after-effects of her stay in Frøslevlejren, Pade could not do this and trained instead as a composer.

In 1952, Pade heard a Danmarks Radio programme on Musique concrète and its creator Pierre Schaeffer.

Apparently, It reminded her of childhood sounds and timbres.

Through family in France, Pade contacted the French radio RTF and Schaeffer.

Miss Pade got the chance to see studies on RTF and Pierre Schaeffer had his workshop and got an appointment to get sent home material.

In the same year, Pade read Schaeffer’s book À la Recherche d’une musique concrete (On the trail of concrete music)

Else Marie Pade passed away at 91yrs old.