Modern classical composer from Norway, on the quest to «rediscover the song the soul once sung» (Allan Petterson)
Dagfinn Koch (1964-) studied composition (prof. Lasse Thoresen) and viola (assistant professor Otto Berg) in Oslo, and composition (prof. Dr hc Witold Szalonek) in Berlin. Koch has been freelancing since 1994, writing chamber- and orchestral music, opera, theatre music, and pop-rock. He is a member of the Norwegian Composers Society since 1991 and NOPA (society for composers and authors of popular music) since 2017. BAM International Sàrl Geneve/Milano is his publisher.
Music is the art form where the past, the present and the future meets. Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918-70) called it «the spherical form of time». It contains the synchronicity of memories, longing, lament, anger, pain, and expectation. Allan Peterson (1911-80) put it this way: «The composition I ́m working on is my own life, the blessed and cursed: To rediscover the song the soul once sung».