Universitetets Aarsfest Cantata, Op.24 (Nielsen, Carl)



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Editor Elly Bruunshuus Petersen
Publisher. Info. Vaerker, Series III, No.2
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / Kongelige Bibliotek, 2008.
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General Information

Work Title Cantata for the Annual University Commemoration
Alternative. Title Kantate ved Universitetets Aarsfest
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.24 ; CNW 105
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ICN 212
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 parts
  • Part I
1. Allegro moderato [Myldrende Vrimmel og Fødders Tramp] (D minor)
2. Recit. [O Videns Lys, o høje Sol] (D minor)
  • Part II
3. Andante con moto [Tit ad Veje trange Viden maatte færdes] (C major)
  • Part III
4. Final Song. Andantino solemne [Som Løv paa Linde] (A major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1908
First Performance. 1908-10-29 in Copenhagen, Ceremonial Hall, University of Copenhagen
Librettist Niels Møller (1859-1941)
Language Danish
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Voices: soprano, tenor, mens chorus (TTBB)
Orchestra: flute, oboe, clarinet (B/A), bassoon, 2 horns (F), triangle, piano, strings
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In November 1907, the Principal of the University of Copenhagen requested Nielsen to compose the music for the annual commemoration. Niels Møller's text, which was already finished at that time, was discussed by Nielsen and the cantata committee. The compositional work took place in July and August 1908, well in advance of the first performance on 29 October 1908. Parts of the text were criticized after the premiere and the work was finally revised in 1909.