3 Motets, Op.55 (Nielsen, Carl)

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Publisher. Info. Copenhagen: Skandinavisk Musikforlag, No.SK 04414, 1931.
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Editor Niels Bo Foltmann
Peter Haugen
Elly Bruunshuus Petersen
Kirsten Flensborg Petersen
Publisher. Info. Carl Nielsen – Vaerker, Series III, No.6
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / Det Kongelige Bibliotek, 2009.
Made available by courtesy of the Danish Centre for Music Publication.
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General Information

Work Title 3 Motets
Alternative. Title
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.55 ; CNW 345-347 (CNW Coll. 24)
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 motets:
  1. Afflictus sum, CNW 345 (D minor)
  2. Dominus regit me, CNW 346 (F major)
  3. Benedictus Dominus, CNW 347 (A major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1929
First Performance. 1930-04-11 in Copenhagen, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek
Palestrina Choir, Mogens Wöldike (conductor)
First Publication. 1931
Copyright Information Most likely public domain in the USA, despite publication date.

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Librettist Bible:
  1. Psalm 37:9
  2. Psalm 22:1–2
  3. Psalm 30:22
Language Latin
Dedication Mogens Wöldike and the Palestrina Choir
Average DurationAvg. Duration 15 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation mixed chorus (ATTB, SATB, SSATB)
External Links Wikipedia article
Nielsen catalogue

Misc. Comments

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.