Balladen om Bjørnen, Op.47 (Nielsen, Carl)

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Editor Niels Bo Foltmann
Peter Hauge (*1961)
Elly Bruunshuus Petersen
Kirsten Flensborg Petersen
Publisher. Info. Vaerker, Series III, No.5
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / Kongelige Bibliotek, 2009.
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General Information

Work Title Balladen om Bjørnen
Alternative. Title Ballad of the Bear
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.47 ; CNW 315
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ICN 24
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Tempo giusto
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1923
First Performance. 1924-3-13 in Copenhagen, Odd Fellow Palæet
Librettist Aage Berntsen (1885-1952)
Language Danish
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation voice, piano
External Links Nielsen catalogue

Misc. Comments

Balladen om Bjørnen is by far the weightiest among the relatively few large-scale art-songs from Nielsen's later years. The text was written by Aage Berntsen at Nielsen's request. The ink fair copy is end-dated 9 January 1924, though he already on 15 November 1923 wrote to his son-in-law that he had finished the work.