1907 - 1986
Several of Otto Mortensen’s early works for chamber ensemble and orchestra are written in a neoclassical style with inspiration from French music in particular. But along with other cultural personalities such as Poul Henningsen (PH), Ejnar Jakobsen and Finn Høffding, Otto Mortensen in time became an ambassador for a new branch of Danish music which, thanks to a stronger popular appeal, was to spread to a larger part of the Danish population. Otto Mortensen began to write music in a popular style, and was the initiator of several large-scale projects. One of his more striking ventures was the establishment of the Danish folk music schools. It is this innovative musical thinking that has given several of his works a place in the Danish cultural heritage, including two of his most well known compositions, Du gav os de blomster (You gave us the flowers) and Septembers himmel er så blå (September skies they are so blue), both included in the Danish Ministry of Culture’s ‘Cultural Canon’.
Critical Acclaim...Otto Mortensen's songs are probably the best loved in Denmark since the time of Carl Nielsen Dacapo Records
...Mortensen's songs have simple, but monolithic strength, and have associations with Danish folk music. Dacapo Records