Composer: Carl Nielsen
Instrument: Flute and Violin
Duration: 7 min.
Edited by András Adorján
András Adorján, flute
Gabriel Adorján, violin
from CD „Capriccio danois“, AJPR / Premiers Horizons – CD ref. 070.170
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) came very early in contact with music and received already eight years old his first violin lessons from his father. Subsequently he also learned to play the signal horn and the alto trombone and was admitted into a military band in Odense in 1879. For a short while he even played a march pipe.
Nielsen has written very little for the flute beside his Flute Concerto. Apart from some smaller pieces of incidental music to the drama Moderen (The Mother) and one Flute solo in the music to the drama Aladdin, he only scored for flute in his Wind Quintet (1927), which – with the Flute Concerto – quickly became standard pieces of the flute literature.
The Duet for flute and violin in A-major, CNW 48, FS 3e was initially written for two violins and originates from 1880-83, when in his youth Nielsen had played in a military band. Although it is called „Duetto I“ on the front page, so far no other Nielsen duet has been discovered. It is composed in a simple and diverting style, completely untypical for the composer and very unlike his later musical language. As the manuscript of the composer has been the lost, this edition is based on the hand written parts by an unknown copyist.
Munich, August 2018
Flute and Violin
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.