Else Marie Pade

(born in 1924 in Ain Aarhus, Denmark), pianist and composer. She was educated as a pianist at the Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen. She studied composition first with Vagn Holmboe, and later with Jan Maegaard, from whom she learned the twelve-tone technique. In 1954, she became the first Danish composer of electronic and concrete music. She worked with Pierre Schaeffer and Karlheinz Stockhausen. 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. On 13 September 1944, Else Marie Pade was arrested by the Gestapo. She was sent to Frøslevlejren, where she began composing, and decided to study music. In Frøslevlejren the prisoners held song evenings to keep their spirits up. The music included Pade's songs and others arranged by Karin Brieg. These works were released on CD on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the liberation: Songs in the Darkness: Music Frøslevlejren 1944/45. In 1952 she heard a Denmarks Radio programme on Musique concrète and its creator Pierre Schaeffer. In the same year she raid Schaeffer's book À la Recherche d'une musique concrete (On the trail of concrete music).
Selected works: A day at Bakken; Symphonie magnétophnique; Seven Circles; Darmstadt School; Grass blade; You and I and the Stars.