Hymnus Amoris, Op.12 (Nielsen, Carl)



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IS (2016/7/13)

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Editor Lisbeth Ahlgren Jensen
Publisher. Info. Carl Nielsen – Vaerker, Series III, No.1
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / Kongelige Bibliotek, 2002.
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General Information

Work Title Hymnus Amoris
Alternative. Title for Soloists, Choir and Orchestra
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.12 ; CNW 100
Key A major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 sections
Childhood. Andantino quasi allegretto (A major)
Youth. Molto animato (A major)
Manhood. Allegro moderato, con energia (E major)
An unhappy woman. Molto agitato (C minor)
Old age. Quasi lento (A major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1896
First Performance. 1897-4-27 in Copenhagen, Koncertpalæet, The Music Society (Musikforeningen).
Carl Nielsen, conductor
Librettist Axel Olrik (1864–1917)
Language Latin
Dedication Orla Rosenhoff
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Voices: soprano 1 (An unhappy woman), soprano 2 (Youth), tenor, baritone, bass;
chorus 1 (children's voices, SSAA), chorus 2 (mixed chorus, SSAATTBB)
Orchestra: 3 flutes (3rd also piccolo), 2 oboes, English horn (also 3rd oboe), 2 clarinets (B/A),
2 bassoons, 4 horns (1 & 2 in F/A/A/E/E; 3 & 4 in E/E/F),
3 trumpets (1 & 2 in C/E/E; 3 in E), 3 trombones, tuba,
timpani, triangle, glockenspiel, chimes, strings
External Links Nielsen catalogue
Wikipedia article

Misc. Comments

Nielsen is said to have got the idea for Hymnus Amoris as early as 1891 when he was on his honeymoon in Italy with his wife, Anne Marie. Allegedly he was inspired by a painting by Titian and composed the work on the subject of love in all its aspects. He started working on the music during summer 1896, and according to his diary, finished it on 27 December.