Else Marie Pade (2 December 1924 – 18 January 2016) was a Danish composer. After classical music studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen, her life changed and her mind was turned in 1952 when she listened a Pierre Schaeffer's piece on a radio broadcast.
score of Faust
"Syv Cirkler" (seven circles) is an electronic sound constellation consisting of layers of sine tones in an age that knew neither the computer nor the sampler.
“My work "7 Circles" was inspired directly by my trip to the World Exhibition in Brussels in 1958 (…) I was sitting in a planetarium and saw their programme, which consisted of various compositions, accompanied by light and movement in the planetarium dome...
There was one composition that completely captured me because it represented the stars, how they walk across the sky and their relation to each other. I remember that feeling that I was being lifted into the room, as if I was part of the movement – afterwards I almost felt a little seasick. It all continued to tumble around in my head for quite some time, and when I got back home, I knew that I would write a piece that would be called 7 Circles“
Else Marie Pade - Life in a Glass Bead Game (2005)
To read: a 2014's conversation between Jacob Kirkegaard and Else Marie Pade here
& to listen to: "Syv Cirkler", claimed as the first danish electronic music in Danemark