The composer told us about his work :
"I have tried to draw a sounding picture of the butterfly, with its wings sometimes beating fast, sometimes slow and sometimes resting in the wind. Of its short-lived beauty, and the fragile wings that can lift it high or make it land in a flower, all so well expressed in Alphonse da LAMARTINE’s beautiful poem."
Henrik Ødegaard was born in Oslo 28.07.1955. After studying the bass trombone and church music he studied composition with Lasse Thoresen at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and with Tristan Keuris at the Utrecht Conservatorium in Holland as well as studies in the ”Gregorian chant class” at the National Conservatory in Paris with Louis-Marie Vigne as main teacher.
A substantial propotion of Ødegaard´s works are composed for the church. Residing in Telemark puts Ødegaard in the centre of a vital folk-music scene – a musical heritage that has proved to play an increasing part of the composers approximation process towards folk music. Ødegaard has devoted much work focusing on the hardanger fiddle.