In 1979, his musical style was turned on its head after he encountered the work of Adolf Wölfli, an early 20th century Swiss artist who was severely psychotic and spent his adult life in an asylum.
Erster Akt: Zerstörung (Wölfli – Der Unglücksfall Im Arrest (Beginning)). 2-1. Erster Akt: Zerstörung (Wölfli – Der Unglücksfall Im Arrest (Continued)). 2-2. Erster Akt: Zerstörung (VII: Auferstehung).
Per Nørgård's third opera Der Göttliche Tivoli (The Divine Circus) is arguably his best known stage work, though perhaps more by reputation than performances, which have remained few since the 1983 premiere. This vivid recording is taken from a production at the Stadttheater Bern in 2008
Per Nørgård: Der Göttliche Tivoli Dorian Keilhack. Dacapo Rel. February 23, 2010. Naxos featured album.
Der göttliche Tivoli (The Divine Circus) is Per Nørgård’s (b. 1932) marvellous portrayal of the Swiss schizophrenic artist Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930). It stands as a key work in contemporary Nordic music drama and in two acts presents two periods in Wölfli’s life; his harsh upbringing in Switzerland in the late 19th century and his confinement in an asylum, where Wölfli for more than 30 years produced an endless number of incredible artworks
Redirected from Der Göttliche Tivoli). Det guddomelige Tivoli (The Divine Circus) is a 1982 opera by Per Nørgård. The opera portrays the schizophrenic Swiss artist Adolf Wölfli (1864-1930) from his harsh upbringing in Switzerland to the asylum where Wölfli spent 30 years while producing his artworks. Originally composed in Danish the opera was recorded on disc for the first time in 2008 at a performance by Stadttheater Bern in German.
NØRGÅRD: Der Göttliche Tivoli. Stadel, Jost, Rohrbach, Tschöke; Szeili, Wild, Kubach, Gebhardt, Jianeng Lu, Masujima; Instrumental Ensemble; Keilhack. Texts and translations. Dacapo . 20572-73 (2). Per Nørgård (b. 1932) is one of Denmark's finest composers.