String Quintet, CNW 59 (Nielsen, Carl)



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

Work Title String Quintet in G major
Alternative. Title Quintet for Two Violins, Two Violas and Cello
Composer Nielsen, Carl
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. CNW 59 ; FS 5
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ICN 187
Key G major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 movements
  1. Allegro pastorale (G major)
  2. Adagio (B-flat major)
  3. Allegretto scherzando (G major)
  4. Finale. Allegro molto (G major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1888–89
First Performance. 1889-2-13 in Copenhagen, Frimurerlogen, The Chamber Music Society
First Publication. 1937
Dedication Thorvald Nielsen-Kvartetten (Thorvald Nielsen, Erling Bloch, Hans Kassow, Louis Jensen), 1931
Average DurationAvg. Duration 25 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation 2 violins, 2 violas, cello
Discography MusicBrainz
External Links Nielsen catalogue
Wikipedia article (Dutch)
Edition S score

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After having established his reputation as a young, talented and promising composer in 1888, Nielsen started composing the quintet for strings. The last three movements were apparently completed between October 1888 and January 1889. According to Emilie Demant Hatt's manuscript, Foraarsbølger, the quintet was completed on 1 January 1889. (Wikipedia says the work was dedicated to Thorvald Nielsen alone?)

Published in 1937 by Edition Dania as his Opus 60.