Carl Nielsen

Carl Nielsen Music Recordings and Sheet Music

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

Carl August Nielsen is widely recognized as Denmark's greatest composer, and is also recognized as being a skilled conductor and a violinist. Brought up by poor but musically talented parents on the island of Funen, he demonstrated his musical abilities at an early age. While it was some time before his works were fully appreciated, even in his home country, Nielsen has now firmly entered the international repertoire. Especially in Europe and the United States, Nielsen's music is ever more frequently performed, with interest growing in other countries as well. Carl Nielsen is especially admired for his six symphonies, his Wind Quintet and his concertos for violin, flute and clarinet. In Denmark, his opera Maskarade and a considerable number of his songs have become an integral part of the national heritage. While his early music was inspired by composers such as Brahms and Grieg, he soon started to develop his own style, first experimenting with progressive tonality and later diverging even more radically from the standards of composition still common at the time. For many years, he appeared on the Danish hundred-kroner banknote.

Title Form Instrument Ratings
Hymne til Danmark Anthem Voice(s) and Piano
Humoreske Bagateller, Op.11 Bagatelle Piano
Chaconne, Op.32 Chaconne Piano
Fredlys din jord, du danske mand, FS 69 Chorale Choir
Clarinet Concerto, Op.57 Concerto Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
Flute Concerto, FS 119 Concerto Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
Violin Concerto, Op.33 Concerto Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra
Studie efter naturen Etude Voice(s) and Piano
Fantasy Pieces for Oboe and Piano, Op.2 Fantasy Solo Instrument and Piano
3 Motets, Op.55 Motet Choir
Maskarade Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Helios Overture, Op.17 Overture Orchestra
3 Klaverstykker, Op.59 Piano piece Piano
5 Piano Pieces, Op.3 Piano piece Piano
Commotio Piano piece Organ
Allegretto for 2 Recorders, FS 157 Piece Chamber group
Canto Serioso Piece Solo Instrument and Piano
2 Efterladte Praeludier, FS 137 Prelude Organ
29 Little Preludes, Op.51 Prelude Organ
Preludio e presto, Op.52 Prelude Violin