: nielsen motets
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||Copenhagen: Skandinavisk Musikforlag, No.SK 04414, 1931.
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|Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No.
||Op.55 ; CNW 345-347 (CNW Coll. 24)
- Afflictus sum, CNW 345 (D minor)
- Dominus regit me, CNW 346 (F major)
- Benedictus Dominus, CNW 347 (A major)
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.
||1930-04-11 in Copenhagen, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
- Palestrina Choir, Mogens Wöldike (conductor)
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- Psalm 37:9
- Psalm 22:1–2
- Psalm 30:22
||Mogens Wöldike and the Palestrina Choir
|Average DurationAvg. Duration
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period
||Early 20th century
||mixed chorus (ATTB, SATB, SSATB)
A live performance by the dedicatees in 1954 has been released on Danacord CD DACOCD 366 (part of a 3-CD historical set.)
Already in late 1928, Nielsen thought of writing pieces for a cappella choir. The actual work on Tre Motetter lasted from the beginning of April 1929 until the fair copy was ready in the middle of August that year. In this period, Nielsen studied vocal polyphonic works of Renaissance composers. Nielsen thought highly of his Tre Motetter, both in terms of the finished product and as a compositional process. His point of departure was the fundamental moods of the Biblical texts, and only later did he choose the vocal texts. The motets were dedicated to and later performed by the Palestrina Choir and its conductor Mogens Wöldike.