Carl Nielsen grew up in the village of Norre Lyndelse, south of Odense on the Island of Funen, Denmark.
Nielsen’s Funen home, now a museum
Sources: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=map+funen&biw…; https://www.google.com.au/search?q=image+carl+nielsen+home&biw….
East Windies Players begin 2017 by embarking on 20th Century music with Carl Nielsen’s famous Wind Quintet Op 43. Here is some generic info about Nielsen (for starters):
Carl Nielsen age 14, 16th Battalion, Odense
- Denmark’s most prominent composer (orchestral and chamber music)
- Works are organized by CNW (Carl Nielsen Works) numbers
- Generally well-received during his lifetime, although his 5th Symphony was described by one critic as:
“Filthy music from [the] trenches” and “Bloody, clenched fist in the face of an unsuspecting snob audience.”
Nielsen’s Wind Quintet Op 43 (1922)
- Written specifically for members of the Copenhagen Wind Quintet
- Opus 43 has become a major “staple” of the modern wind quintet repertoire
- Structure: 3 movements a) Allegro b) Minuet c) Prelude/Theme & Variations.
- Variation theme based on Nielsen’s melody for his hymn:
- “My Jesus Let my heart receive“
- Performed at Nielsen’s funeral in 1931
- Influenced by song; background interest in folk music
- Energetic rhythms and generous orchestration
- Ambiguous re: late Romanticism and nationalistic theme
- Raised in modest circumstances on Island of Funen
- Father worked as a house painter and occasional musician (played “fiddle” and cornet)
- Played violin (at first self-taught/age 6) and bugle/trombone; Joined army band age 14 (16th Battalion near Odense)
- Played in the Violin 2 section, Royal Danish Orchestra (1889 – 1805)
- Tempestuous marriage (open relationship) to Danish sculptor, Anne Marie Broderson (1891)
- Fathered five children (only 3 with Anne Marie)
- Died of heart attack, age 66.