Ouverture til Amor og Digteren

Carl Nielsen
Symphony orchestra
B4, 28 pages

The Overture to "Cupid and the Poet" is Carl Nielsen's last orchestral work. Originally it formed part of his incidental music for an Odense play in honour of his equally great Funen countryman, Hans Christian Andersen. As fully-grown orchestral compositions come, this overture could hardly be shorter. As with the tiniest of Andersen's stories, it could hardly be better, and like Andersen's drop of ditch water it is teeming with highly individual little shapes and patterns of movement. A miniature late-Nielsen handbook, it is the perfect choice for orchestras in need of a witty five-minute prelude, interlude, or encore for their programmes.


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