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Marcus Paus (Composer)

Born: 14th October 1979, Oslo, Norway

Nationality: Norwegian

Marcus Nicolay Paus (pronounced [ˈmɑ̀rkʉs ˈpæʉs]) is a Norwegian composer and one of the most performed contemporary Scandinavian composers. As a classical contemporary composer he is noted as a representative of a reorientation toward tradition, tonality and melody, and his works have been lauded by critics in Norway and abroad. His work includes chamber music, choral works, solo works, concerts, orchestral works, operas, symphonies and church music, as well as works for theatre, film and television. Paus is regarded as "one of the most celebrated classical composers of Norway" and "the leading Norwegian composer of his generation."

Although often tonal and melodically driven, Paus' music employs a wide range of both traditional and modernist techniques, and several of Paus' works have been influenced by folk music and non-Western classical music. Paus has referred to himself as a "melodist" and "anarcho-traditionalist" and is known for advocating musical pluralism.

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