Søvnen, Op.18 (Nielsen, Carl)

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Editor Lisbeth Ahlgren Jensen
Engraver Vienna: Wiener Notensatz (Score)
Publisher. Info. Vaerker, Series III: Vokalmusik, No.1: Cantatas, Bd.1 (pp.81-132)
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / Kongelige Bibliotek, 2002.
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General Information

Work Title Søvnen
Alternative. Title Sleep
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.18 ; CNW 101
Key E-flat major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Andante tranquillo
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1903–04
First Performance. 1905-3-21 in Copenhagen, Odd Fellow Palæet
Musikforeningen chorus, orchestra, Carl Nielsen (conductor)
First Publication. 1905-06 - Copenhagen: Wilhelm Hansen
Librettist Johannes Jørgensen (1866-1956)
Language Danish
Average DurationAvg. Duration 20 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation chorus, orchestra
Mixed Chorus (SATB)
Orchestra
3 flutes (1 & 2 also piccolo), 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (B), 2 bassoons
4 horns (F), 3 trumpets (F), 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, tam-tam, glockenspiel, strings
External Links Nielsen catalogue
Wikipedia article

Misc. Comments

Nielsen had barely completed the Helios overture during a stay in Greece in the spring of 1903, before he began on the new piece, Søvnen. The work on the composition did not come easily to him, for six months later he had not got much further. During autumn 1903, he seems to have had a turning-point, however, and finished it in November the following year.