String Quartet No.4, Op.44 (Nielsen, Carl)



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Editor Lisbeth Ahlgren Jensen
Publisher. Info. Vaerker, Series II, No.10
Copenhagen: Carl Nielsen Udgaven / 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.
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Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Edition Peters, 1923. Plate 10363.
Misc. Notes Violin 1 part with dedication by Carl Nielsen
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General Information

Work Title String Quartet No.4
Alternative. Title
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.19 / 44 (but see below) ; CNW 58)
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ICN 186
Key F major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements:
  1. Allegro non tanto e comodo (F major)
  2. Adagio con sentiment[i]o religioso (C major)
  3. Allegretto moderato ed innocente (A minor)
  4. Molto adagio - Allegro non tanto, ma molto scherzoso (F major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1906 (9 February to 2 July) / revised 1919
First Performance. 1907-11-30 in Copenhagen, small hall of the Odd Fellow Palæ (original version)
First Publication. 1923
Average DurationAvg. Duration 25 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation 2 violins, viola, cello
External Links Nielsen catalogue
Wikipedia article
Edition Silvertrust
Extra Information 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.