Carl August Nielsen

Carl August Nielsen Music Recordings and Sheet Music

  • Born
    9th June 1865
  • Died
    3rd October 1931
  • Birthplace
    Sortelung, Denmark

Carl August Nielsen widely recognised as Denmark's greatest composer, was also a conductor and a violinist. Nielsen is best known for his six symphonies. Other well-known pieces are the incidental music for Adam Oehlenschläger's drama Aladdin, the operas Saul og David and Maskarade, the three concertos for violin, flute and clarinet, the Wind Quintet, and the Helios Overture, which depicts the passage of the sun in the sky from dawn to nightfall. Most Danes can sing many of the numerous songs by various poets, set to music by Carl Nielsen. The music initially had a neo-classical sound but became increasingly modern as Nielsen developed his own approach to what Robert Simpson called progressive tonality, moving from one key to another. Typically, he would end on a different key, sometimes as the outcome of a struggle as in his symphonies. His frequently blended melodic passages inspired by folk music with more complicated stylings including counterpoint and modern variations. Like his contemporary, the Finn Jean Sibelius, he studied Renaissance polyphony closely, which accounts for much of the melodic and harmonic "feel" of his music.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Cantata for the Centenary of the Polytechnic High School Cantata Choir and Instrument
Violin Concerto, Op.33 Concerto Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
Study from Nature Etude Voice(s) and Piano
Fantasy Pieces for Oboe and Piano, Op.2 Fantasy Solo Instrument and Piano
Maskarade Opera / Operetta Choir and Orchestra
Helios Overture, Op.17 Overture Orchestra
3 Klaverstykker, Op.59 Piece Piano
5 Piano Pieces, Op.3 Piece Chamber group
6 Little Pieces, Op.11 Piece Piano
Hymns and Sacred Songs Sacred Mass Choir
Canto Serioso Sonata Solo Instrument and Piano
Violin Sonata No.1, Op.9 Sonata Solo Instrument and Piano
Violin Sonata No.2, Op.35 Sonata Solo Instrument and Piano
Songs and Verses, Op.6 Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
Songs, Op.4 Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
Songs, Op.10 Song Cycle Voice(s) and Instruments
Strophic Songs, Op.21 Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
Suite for Piano, Op.45 Suite Piano
Marche Heroique, Op.34 Symphonic Pieces Chamber group
Symphony No.1, Op.7 Symphony Orchestra