Poul Ruders is generally considered the foremost Danish composer of the postwar generation, having forged a solid reputation as an eclectic willing to use a variety of techniques and styles. In his works, he has incorporated features of minimalism, Medieval and Renaissance-era styles, popular music sources, various tonal and atonal elements, and has even developed a system of shaping and organizing pitch. Ruders was born on March 27, 1949, in Ringstead, on the island of Zealand in Denmark. He sang in the Copenhagen Boys' Choir as a child and later enrolled at the Odense Conservatory, where he studied keyboard. He earned a degree in 1975 from the Royal Danish Conservatory in organ and had limited private studies in composition with Ib Nørholm and Karl Aage Rasmussen. Ruders himself has asserted that he is largely self-taught in the area ...
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