Carl Nielsen
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1865-06-09
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Carl August Nielsen (9 June 1865 – 3 October 1931) was a Danish musician, conductor and violinist, widely recognized as his country's greatest composer. Brought up by poor but musically talented parents on the island of Funen, he demonstrated his musical ...

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Biography

Carl August Nielsen (9 June 1865 – 3 October 1931) was a Danish musician, conductor and violinist, widely recognized as his country's greatest composer. Brought up by poor but musically talented parents on the island of Funen, he demonstrated his musical abilities at an early age. He initially played in a military band before attending the Royal Danish Academy of Music| in Copenhagen from 1884 until December 1886. He premiered his Op. 1, Suite for Strings, in 1888, at the age of 23. The following year, Nielsen began a 16-year stint as a second violinist in the prestigious Royal Danish Orchestra under the conductor Johan Svendsen, during which he played in Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff and Otello at their Danish premieres. In 1916, he took a post teaching at the Royal Academy and continued to work there until his death.

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Carl Nielsen
Symphony No. 2, 'The Four Temperaments'
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Symphony No. 2, 'The Four Temperaments' Symphony No. 2, 'The Four Temperaments' Symphony No. 2, 'The Four Temperaments' Symphony No. 2, 'The Four Temperaments'
Carl Nielsen
Flute Concerto FS.119
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Flute Concerto FS.119 Flute Concerto FS.119 Flute Concerto FS.119 Flute Concerto FS.119
Carl Nielsen
Nordic Folk Music (Easterday, Polsk after Rasmus Storm; Sekstur/Torvedans)
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Nordic Folk Music (Easterday, Polsk after Rasmus Storm; Sekstur/Torvedans) Nordic Folk Music (Easterday, Polsk after Rasmus Storm; Sekstur/Torvedans) Nordic Folk Music (Easterday, Polsk after Rasmus Storm; Sekstur/Torvedans) Nordic Folk Music (Easterday, Polsk after Rasmus Storm; Sekstur/Torvedans)
Carl Nielsen
Maskarade - opera in 3 acts FS.39: Overture
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Maskarade - opera in 3 acts FS.39: Overture Maskarade - opera in 3 acts FS.39: Overture Maskarade - opera in 3 acts FS.39: Overture Maskarade - opera in 3 acts FS.39: Overture
Carl Nielsen
Closing chorus: Come here, fiddle and clarinet (from Springtime in Funen)
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Closing chorus: Come here, fiddle and clarinet (from Springtime in Funen) Closing chorus: Come here, fiddle and clarinet (from Springtime in Funen) Closing chorus: Come here, fiddle and clarinet (from Springtime in Funen) Closing chorus: Come here, fiddle and clarinet (from Springtime in Funen)
Carl Nielsen
Oriental Festival March, from Aladdin
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Oriental Festival March, from Aladdin Oriental Festival March, from Aladdin Oriental Festival March, from Aladdin Oriental Festival March, from Aladdin
Carl Nielsen
Clarinet Concerto
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Clarinet Concerto Clarinet Concerto Clarinet Concerto Clarinet Concerto
Carl Nielsen
Rhapsodic Overture: A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes
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Rhapsodic Overture: A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes Rhapsodic Overture: A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes Rhapsodic Overture: A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes Rhapsodic Overture: A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes
Carl Nielsen
Wind Quintet
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Wind Quintet Wind Quintet Wind Quintet Wind Quintet
Ensemble Wien-Berlin
Wind Quintet, Op. 43
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Wind Quintet, Op. 43 Wind Quintet, Op. 43 Wind Quintet, Op. 43 Wind Quintet, Op. 43
Carl Nielsen
Menuet in G minor
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Menuet in G minor Menuet in G minor Menuet in G minor Menuet in G minor
John McCabe
Theme with Variations Op.40
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Theme with Variations Op.40 Theme with Variations Op.40 Theme with Variations Op.40 Theme with Variations Op.40
Carl Nielsen
An Imaginary Journey To The Faroe Islands
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An Imaginary Journey To The Faroe Islands An Imaginary Journey To The Faroe Islands An Imaginary Journey To The Faroe Islands An Imaginary Journey To The Faroe Islands
Carl Nielsen
Little suite for string orchestra (Op.1) in A minor [FS.56], Intermezzo
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Little suite for string orchestra (Op.1) in A minor [FS.56], Intermezzo Little suite for string orchestra (Op.1) in A minor [FS.56], Intermezzo Little suite for string orchestra (Op.1) in A minor [FS.56], Intermezzo Little suite for string orchestra (Op.1) in A minor [FS.56], Intermezzo
Carl Nielsen
Saul and David Acts III and IV
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Saul and David Acts III and IV Saul and David Acts III and IV Saul and David Acts III and IV Saul and David Acts III and IV
Carl Nielsen
Saul and David Acts I and II
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Saul and David Acts I and II Saul and David Acts I and II Saul and David Acts I and II Saul and David Acts I and II
Carl Nielsen
Springtime on Funen
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Springtime on Funen Springtime on Funen Springtime on Funen Springtime on Funen
Martin Fröst
Clarinet Concerto op57
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Clarinet Concerto op57 Clarinet Concerto op57 Clarinet Concerto op57 Clarinet Concerto op57
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Biography

Carl August Nielsen (9 June 1865 – 3 October 1931) was a Danish musician, conductor and violinist, widely recognized as his country's greatest composer. Brought up by poor but musically talented parents on the island of Funen, he demonstrated his musical abilities at an early age. He initially played in a military band before attending the Royal Danish Academy of Music| in Copenhagen from 1884 until December 1886. He premiered his Op. 1, Suite for Strings, in 1888, at the age of 23. The following year, Nielsen began a 16-year stint as a second violinist in the prestigious Royal Danish Orchestra under the conductor Johan Svendsen, during which he played in Giuseppe Verdi's Falstaff and Otello at their Danish premieres. In 1916, he took a post teaching at the Royal Academy and continued to work there until his death.

Although his symphonies, concertos and choral music are now internationally acclaimed, Nielsen's career and personal life were marked by many difficulties, often reflected in his music. The works he composed between 1897 and 1904 are sometimes ascribed to his "psychological" period, resulting mainly from a turbulent marriage with the sculptor Anne Marie Brodersen. Nielsen is especially noted for his six symphonies, his Wind Quintet and his concertos for violin, flute and clarinet. In Denmark, his opera Maskarade and many of his songs have become an integral part of the national heritage. His early music was inspired by composers such as Brahms and Grieg, but he soon developed his own style, first experimenting with progressive tonality and later diverging even more radically from the standards of composition still common at the time. Nielsen's sixth and final symphony, Sinfonia semplice, was written in 1924–25. He died from a heart attack six years later, and is buried in Vestre Cemetery, Copenhagen.

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