Hymnus amoris, Op.12 (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.1-78)
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / Kongelige Bibliotek, 2002.
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General Information

Work Title Hymnus Amoris
Alternative. Title
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.12 ; CNW 100
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ICN 97
Key A major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 sections
1. Barndom. Andantino quasi allegretto (A major)
2. Ungdom. Molto animato (A major)
3. Manddom. Allegro moderato, con energia (E major)
4. En ulykkelig kvinde. Molto agitato (C minor)
5. Alderdom. Quasi lento (A major)
Text Incipit see below
1. Amor mihi vitam
2. Amor est votum meum
3. Amor est fons meus
4. Amor est dolor meus
5. Amor est pax mea
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1896
First Performance. 1897-4-27 in Copenhagen, Koncertpalæet Musikforeningen
Tia Krëtma, Katie Adle (sopranos) Viggo Bielefeldt (tenor), baritone, bass
Musikforeningen choruses, orchestra, Carl Nielsen (conductor)
First Publication. 1898 - Copenhagen: Wilhelm Hansen
Librettist Axel Olrik (1864–1917)
Language Latin
Dedication Orla Rosenhoff
Average DurationAvg. Duration 25 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
Solo Voices
2 sopranos (An unhappy woman, Youth), teno, baritone, bass
Children's Chorus (SSAA)
Mixed chorus (SSAATTBB)
3 flutes (3rd also piccolo), 2 oboes, English horn (also 3rd oboe),
2 clarinets (B/A), 2 bassoons
4 horns (various keys)
3 trumpets (various keys), 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, triangle, glockenspiel, chimes, strings
External Links Nielsen catalogue
Wikipedia article
Extra Information Nielsen is said to have got the idea for Hymnus Amoris as early as 1891 when he was on his honeymoon in Italy with his wife, Anne Marie. Allegedly he was inspired by a painting by Titian and composed the work on the subject of love in all its aspects. He started working on the music during summer 1896, and according to his diary, finished it on 27 December.