Helios Overture, Op.17 (Nielsen, Carl)

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Publisher. Info. Copenhagen: Wilhelm Hansen, n.d.(1905). Plate 13669.
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Publisher. Info. Carl Nielsen – Vaerker, Series II, No.7
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / Det Kongelige Bibliotek, 2001.
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General Information

Work Title Helios Overture
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Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.17
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1903
First Performance. 1903-10-08 in Copenhagen
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Johan Svendsen (conductor)
First Publication. 1905
Dedication Julius Röntgen
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Orchestra
3 flutes (3rd also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets in A, 2 bassoons,
4 horns in F, 3 trumpets in C, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, strings
External Links Wikipedia article ; Nielsen catalogue

Misc. Comments

Nielsen composed the overture during a stay in Athens, where his wife, Anne Marie, was studying ancient Greek art. According to his letters and diary he was working on the composition in March, April and May 1903.