Nearer My God to Thee (Nielsen, Carl)

Sheet Music


PDF typeset by New Notations
IS (2016/7/2)

PDF typeset by New Notations
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Editor Niels Bo Foltmann
Publisher. Info. Carl Nielsen – Vaerker, Series II, No.8
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / Det Kongelige Bibliotek, 2004.
Made available by courtesy of the Danish Centre for Music Publication.
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General Information

Work Title Nearer My God to Thee
Alternative. Title Nærmere Gud til dig
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. CNW 37
Key G major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Andante (66 bars)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1912
First Performance. 1915-08-22 in Copenhagen, Kongens Have
Københavns Orkesterforening; Carl Nielsen (conductor)
First Publication. 2004
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Wind Band: 2 piccolos, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (E), 4 clarinets (B), 2 bassoons +
4 horns (F), 4 trumpets (E), 2 soprano saxhorns (B), 2 alto saxhorns (E)
2 tenor saxhorns (B), 2 baritone saxhorns (B), 3 trombones, 2 tubas +
timpani, cymbals, snare drum, bass drum, tam-tam + 2 double basses
Related Works Based on Bethany by Lowell Mason*
External Links Nielsen catalogue
Extra Information *The work was originally composed for a benefit concert after the loss of RMS Titanic on 14 April 1912. Nielsen drafted a short score in pencil with a few indications on the instrumentation which he then left to Julius Reesen to complete. Reesen's score was finished on 18 May. The concert was cancelled, however, and the music was not performed until three years later. Though Nielsen based his paraphrase on Lowell Mason's hymn tune (Bethany), it is unlikely the band of the Titanic would have been familiar with it as the most popular musical setting of the text in England at the time was composed by John Bacchus Dykes.