Prelude, Theme and Variations, Op.48 (Nielsen, Carl)



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Editor Kirsten Flensborg Petersen
Publisher. Info. Vaerker, Series II, No.10
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / Kongelige Bibliotek, 2004.
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General Information

Work Title Prelude, Theme and Variations
Alternative. Title Præludium og tema med variationer
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.48 ; CNW 46
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ICN 157
Key F major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 11 (Prelude, Theme, 8 Variations, Coda)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1922–23
First Performance. 1923-6-27, Aeolian Hall, London
First Publication. 1923 - Leipzig : Edition Peters
Dedication Emil Telmányi
Average DurationAvg. Duration 15-20 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation violin
External Links Nielsen catalogue
Wikipedia article (Dutch)

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Nielsen was invited to London to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra in June 1923. For the occasion, his son-in-law, Emil Telmányi, was engaged as soloist in Nielsen's violin concerto (CNW 41). On the same tour, Telmányi played Præludium og tema med variationer, which Nielsen had composed mainly during spring 1923 and dedicated to his son-in-law.

Published in 1923 by Peters and so the first edition is out of copyright since 2019.