Signe Bakke

Soccorsi - Works by Morten Eide Pedersen

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Lawo Classics
UPC: 7090020182353
Catnr: LWC 1213
Release date: 18 June 2021
1 CD
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€ 19.95
Lawo Classics
Catalogue number
LWC 1213
Release date
18 June 2021

About the album

The title of the CD had to be “Soccorsi” – this mellifluous Italian word, also the title of one of Morten Eide Pedersen’s piano works. “Soccorsi” means supportive, helpful, and so was Morten: he who supported, created, and helped when called upon.

With his deep and extensive knowledge, he became a mentor to many and an artistic force within society. He filled many roles: educator, writer, lecturer, and cultural entrepreneur. In 1996, when the chance arose, he seized the opportunity to create a new composition program, a program where there should be space for the entire spectrum of budding composers, and also for those voices that just quite didn’t fit in. He entered into dialogue-based guidance with a burning passion to help students find and develop their own artistic voices.

And new ideas emerged: international composers’ meetings in Bergen, a concert series for the city’s composers and composition students, a contemporary music festival. “Everything is connected,” he said, and in his own unpretentious way, he constantly erected new arenas and forged new connections.

And at the foundation of this all was an expressive force – his own composer’s voice. With the CD ”Soccorsi”, it is this voice that shall emerge – a seeking, singular composer’s voice that shines with its own power and poetry.

—Signe Bakke


Morten Eide Pedersen (1958–2014) was a composition teacher, composer, musicologist, and writer. After completing a master’s degree in musicology at the University of Oslo with a minor in philosophy and sociology, as well as secondary disciplines in mathematics and informatics, he studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In 1989 he was employed at the Grieg Academy, University of Bergen, where from 1996 he created and led Norway’s second full-time program in composition. He was also a supervisor for the Norwegian Artistic Research Program.

As a teacher and supervisor, Morten Eide Pedersen had an ability to support and challenge students, while at the same time aiding in the development of their own individual, artistic voices. Both pedagogically and in his own artistic work, he was concerned with tradition’s influence on the creative; of how the past can produce a methodological resource for today’s artists. He was particularly interested in the relationship between text, sound, and language, and composed score-based music, live electronics, computer-assisted music, and more open forms.

As a composer, Morten Eide Pedersen has written music for, or has been commissioned by, among others, Concerts Norway/Music in Nordland, The National Theater – Bergen, BIT20 Ensemble, Music Factory, Tromsø Chamber Orchestra, and the concert series Avgarde. He has collaborated with many performers, among them pianists James Clapperton and Signe Bakke.

Pedersen was also an active writer, communicator, and musicologist. He was editor of the music magazine Ballade for five years and editor of a volume on new music within a book series and research project on Norwegian music history, (1999–2001. Modernism and Diversity) published by Aschehoug publishing house in 2001. He was also a central force in establishing Grieg Academy’s “Wheels within Wheels” (2015–2018), a project where research teams for both early music and composition collaborated to develop new forms of expression.



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