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Jorgen Bentzon (2/14/1897 - 7/09/1951)

Jørgen Liebenberg Bentzon was born in Copenhagen in 1897. His father and his grandfather, Povl and Lars Bentzon, were prominent land surveyors the latter was highly respected for his work as a consultant on the draining of the large sea inlet Lammefjord but the family also engaged enthusiastically in musical activities. In Jørgen Bentzons own generation this included his cousins the flautist Johan Bentzon and the composer Niels Viggo Bentzon.

Even as a child and as a very young man Jørgen Bentzon was highly artistically and intellectually precocious. He had many interests: as a teenager he plunged into painting, and at a very young age he mastered several languages. Music too was something he homed in on at an early age. At seven he had begun to play the cello, and after starting to study law he took lessons in the theory of harmony from his cousin Christy Bentzon, which gave him a thorough grounding in his musical work. His earliest compositions come from his student years, including a couple of piano sonatas in a decidedly Late Romantic style. In 1915 Bentzon became a pupil of Carl Nielsen, who was to have a crucial influence on the composers works, and in 1920 he went to Leipzig to study at the conservatoire, where his teachers included Sigfrid Karg-Elert. He was thus well equipped when he returned in 1921 to Copenhagen, where he took his law degree and was engaged as a secretary at the Ministry of Justice.

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