The Danish composer Gunnar Berg is one of the most international figures in recent Danish music life. He orientated himself internationally and was one of the first Danish 12-tone composers and modernists. From 1950 he consistently wrote an atonal music, full of explosive crackling energy, rhythmically complex and extremely colorful in the detail.
He was born in Switzerland (St. Gallen) 11 January 1909, and grew up in Switzerland and in Denmark under difficult social conditions and a weak constitution.
In Paris in 1948 he became part of the international modernist movement in post-war Europe by joining the circle around Olivier Messiaen. Here, Berg had inspiring encounters with key figures such as John Cage, Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen.