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 (1865-1931) has written very little for the flute beside his Flute Concerto. Although he did not consider the piano to be „his“ instrument, he wrote quite important piano cycles. The Chaconne for piano, opus 32, CNW 86, FS 79 from 1916/17 is considered to be one of his best instrumental compositions, which is played very frequently in spite of its great technical challenges. As the cantabile melody of the main voice of the Chaconne is well suited for a melody instrument, there were only minor modifications necessary for this arrangement and thus give flautists a further possibility for an insight into the unique musical universe of Carl Nielsen.
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.