Symphony No 2 'The Four Temperaments'
Symphony No. 2 De fire Temperamenter, "The Four Temperaments", Op. 16, FS 29 is the second symphony by Danish composer Carl Nielsen, written in 1901–1902 and dedicated to Ferruccio Busoni. It was first performed on 1 December 1902 for the Danish Concert Association, with Nielsen himself conducting. As indicated in the subtitle, each of its four movements is a musical sketch of a humor of the four temperaments: choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic, and sanguine. Despite its apparent concept of program music, the work is a fully integrated symphony in traditional symphonic structure.
Performances & Interviews
- Nielsen Symphony No. 2https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tnk4j.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01tnk4j.jpg2011-12-06T20:52:00.000ZStephen Johnson lifts the lid on Nielsen's Second Symphony (The Four Temperaments) and explores how it translates the spirit and imagery of ancient medical science into music.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b017t0d0
Nielsen Symphony No. 2Stephen Johnson lifts the lid on Nielsen's Second Symphony (The Four Temperaments) and explores how it translates the spirit and imagery of ancient medical science into music.