Rhapsody Overture, CNW 39 (Nielsen, Carl)




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Editor Niels Bo Foltmann
Publisher. Info. Vaerker, Series II, No.8
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / Kongelige Bibliotek, 2004.
Made available by courtesy of DCM.
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General Information

Work Title Rhapsody Overture, CNW 39
Alternative. Title An Imaginary Journey to the Faroe Islands
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. CNW 39
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Andante sostenuto
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1927
First Performance. 1927-11 in Copenhagen, Royal Theatre
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Orchestra: 3 flutes (3rd also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B/A),
2 bassoons + 4 horns (F), 2 trumpets (F), 3 trombones +
timpani, snare drum, cymbals, bass drum, triangle + strings
External Links Wikipedia article
Nielsen catalogue

Misc. Comments

The Royal Theatre commissioned Nielsen to compose music for a gala concert celebrating a visit from the Faroe Islands. Originally, the concert was planned to take place in January 1927, but the event was postponed until November. Nielsen waited with the completion of the music, and the score was first finished on 6 November.