4 Jutlandish Songs, CNW 272-275 (Nielsen, Carl)

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Editor Niels Bo Foltmann
Peter Haugen
Elly Bruunshuus Petersen
Kirsten Flensborg Petersen
Publisher. Info. Vaerker, Series III, No.5
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / Kongelige Bibliotek, 2009.
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Work Title 4 Jutlandish Songs
Alternative. Title Fire jydske sange
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. CNW 272-275 ; FS 115
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ICN 107
Key see below
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 songs:
  1. Jens Madsen å An-Sofi, CNW 272 (E major)
  2. Wo Dætter, CNW 273 (G major)
  3. Den jenn å den anden, CNW 274 (A major)
  4. Æ Lastræ, CNW 275 (E-flat major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1913, 1924-25
First Performance. 1913 (Æ Lastræ)
First Publication. 1941 - Copenhagen: Skandanavisk og Borups, n.d. Plate S.B.M. 5108.
Librettist Traditional, collected by Anton Berntsen (1873-1953)
Language Danish
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation voice, piano

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In 1924–25, Nielsen composed melodies to Anton Berntsen's poems written in the Jutland dialect. Not much is known about the genesis of the compositions. Though Nielsen did not conceive the four songs as an entity they were, nevertheless, published as a collection in 1941. However, Nielsen must have been engaged with Berntsen's authorship even earlier, since Æ Lastræ was performed in 1913. It seems probable that the concert singer Anker Olesen might have encouraged Nielsen to compose music to the poems 'Wo Dætter' and 'Den jenn å den anden'.