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Program Notes & Synopses

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Nielsen: Symphony No. 1

Nielsen: Symphony No. 1

80.00

923 words
note by Chris Myers

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Excerpt:

It’s not unusual for a composer to be present at the world premiere of his new piece. It’s not even all that odd for him to participate in the performance—usually as the conductor. The audience at the premiere of Carl Nielsen’s first symphony could be forgiven, though, for wondering why a member of the second violin section was taking a bow at the conclusion of the piece. Upon realizing who it was, they demanded no fewer than three curtain calls from the 27-year-old creator of this work of youthful energy and astonishing structure.
 
In his review of the premiere, Charles Kjerulf wrote that the symphony “seems to presage a coming storm of genius”, describing it as “unsettled and brutal… and yet nevertheless so wonderfully innocent and unknowing, as if seeing a child playing with dynamite.”

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