Aarhus Landsudstillings Cantata, CNW 107 (Nielsen, Carl)



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Editor Elly Bruunshuus Petersen
Publisher. Info. Vaerker, Series III, No.2
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / Kongelige Bibliotek, 2008.
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General Information

Work Title Cantata for the Opening Ceremony of the National Exhibition in Aarhus 1909
Alternative. Title Kantate ved Aarhus Landsudstillings Aabnings-Højtidelighed 1909
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. CNW 107
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ICN 1
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 parts
  • Part I
1. Allegretto solemne [Vaartid, Væksttid] (C major)
2. Sostenuto [Alt, hvormed Tidens Tanker har famlet] (A minor)
  • Part II
3. Tempo giusto [Kun een er Danmarks Hovedby] (A major)
4. [no tempo. Hvidt som et Tempel] (E major)
5. Allegretto quasi andantino [Spejdende mod Solen] (A major)
6. Tempo giusto [Danmark, du kornblonde Datter] (G major)
  • Part III
7. Allegro giusto [Hil! Hil! Hil! Hæv dig, vor jublende Sang] (A major)
  • Appendix
original ending of No. 4
omitted movement - Allegretto quasi andantino [Hæder over by, Hæder over Land] (F major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1908–09
First Performance. 1909-5-18, in Aarhus, Ceremonial Hall (Solennitetssalen)
Carl Nielsen, conductor
Librettist Lauritz Christian Nielsen (1871-1930)
Language Danish
Average DurationAvg. Duration 28 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Voices: soprano, bass; mixed chorus (SATB)
Orchestra: 3 flutes (3rd also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B/A), 2 bassoons
4 horns (F), 3 trumpets (F), 3 trombones, tuba,
timpani, organ, strings
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Nielsen was requested to compose music for the cantata in July 1908. At first he rejected the commission but later accepted it. After having received parts of the text in November, he had to back out. A number of other composers declined the offer too, and in the end Nielsen and his pupil, Emilius Bangert (1883-1962), shared the work equally between them. Bangert finished the fair-copying of the whole work in February 1909.