Island, CNW 338 (Nielsen, Carl)

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Editor Niels Bo Foltmann
Peter Haugen
Elly Bruunshuus Petersen
Kirsten Flensborg Petersen
Publisher. Info. Carl Nielsen – Vaerker, Series III, No.5
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 Island
Alternative. Title Iceland
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. CNW 338
Key A major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Lento
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1928–29
Librettist Otto Lagoni (1867-1944)
Language Danish
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation reciter, piano
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Misc. Comments

Island (Iceland) for recitation and piano accompaniment was composed around New Year 1928–29. No evidence survives of any contact between Nielsen and the author of the text. No public performance of Island in its original version for piano and recitation is known in the composer’s lifetime; but in 1930 Emil Reesen made an orchestral version that was played in a radio concert on the occasion of the Iceland parliament’s millennial celebrations.