String Quartet No.4, Op.44 (Nielsen, Carl)
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Carl Nielsen – Vaerker, Series II, No.10
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / Det Kongelige Bibliotek, 2004.
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Worth checking their accompanying critical report to see whether "sentimento" is indeed correct for the heading of the second movement; it seems everyone else has sentimentio, presumably attributing it to Nielsen's penchant for unusual movement headers... but as with an infamous instruction in the first (posthumous) full score of Symphony 5, this whole Nielsen edition has been a good opportunity to start getting things right that have traditionally been gotten wrong... Likewise the third movement here and innocente.
|Work Title||String Quartet No.4|
|Opus/Catalogue Number||Op.19 / 44 (but see below) ; CNW 58|
|Year/Date of Composition||1906 (9 February to 2 July) / revised 1919|
|First Performance||1907-11-30 in Copenhagen, small hall of the Odd Fellow Palæ (original version)|
|Average Duration||25 minutes|
|Composer Time Period||Romantic|
|Piece Style||Early 20th century|
|Instrumentation||2 violins, viola, cello|
First composed as a quartet "Piacevolezza" Op.19, later revised in 1919, published in 1923.
Nielsen composed the quartet, Op. 44, between two of his major achievements: the opera Maskarade (CNW 2) and the music for the melodrama Hr. Oluf han rider– (CNW 7). The first two movements of the quartet were dated at the beginning of 1906, while the last two ones were finished in the summer. It seems that the quartet was revised several times, between different performances (1906–12) and up until its publication in 1923.