Composer: Carl Nielsen
Instrument: Flute and Piano
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Duration: 10 min.
Edited by András Adorján
András Adorján, flute
Tove Lønskov, piano
from CD ”Dannemark, Dannemark”, AJPR / Premiers Horizons – CD ref. 070.150
Carl Nielsen’s „Chaconne“, opus 32 for piano solo from 1916/17 is considered to be among the composer’s best instrumental compositions. After having started to write it he mentioned to his elder daughter Irmelin: „I think that it will gain in strength and improve over Christmas; as for now it amuses me a lot to let my fantasy go within these fixed periods (8 bars in a pleasant 3/4 metrum). You do of course know Bach’s lovely Ciaconne for violin solo. I wish I could approach it with mine for piano!!“ When he finished the composition he called it „quite a major piece, and I believe effective.“
Flute and Piano
About the composer +
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.