Symphony No. 3 (Nielsen)
The symphony followed Nielsen's tenure as bandmaster at the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen. Nielsen himself conducted the premiere of the work, along with the premiere of his Violin Concerto, on February 28, 1912 with Copenhagen's Royal Danish Orchestra.
The character designation of the first movement (Allegro espansivo) serves as the symphony's subtitle, but it is not clear what Nielsen meant by 'espansiva'. Composer Robert Simpson wrote that it suggests the "outward growth of the mind's scope".
Within two months of its premiere the symphony was in the repertoire of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, and by 1913 it had seen performances in Germany (Stuttgart), Sweden (Stockholm) and in Finland (Helsinki). It did not receive a public performance in the United Kingdom until 1962, under Bryan Fairfax.
Nielsen received 5,000 marks for publishing rights (C.F. Kahnt, Leipzig), a sum significantly higher than he usually received from his publishers. It was the first of Nielsen's symphonies to be commercially released on record, with Erik Tuxen conducting the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
- Allegro espansivo
- Andante pastorale
- Allegretto un poco
- Finale: Allegro
- 3 flutes, 3rd flute doubles piccolo
- 3 oboes, 3rd oboe doubles English horn
- 3 clarinets in A and B-flat
- 3 bassoons, 3rd bassoon doubles contrabassoon
- Soprano solo, Mvt. II only (replaceable by 4th clarinet)
- Bass solo, Mvt. II only (replaceable by 4th trombone)
- Simpson, Robert (1952). Carl Nielsen, Symphonist, 1865–1931. London: J. M. Dent. p. 236. ASIN B0000CIDKO. See pp. 45–65. First edition (reprinted by Hyperion Press ISBN 0-88355-715-0).
- Meyer, Torben (1952). "Biographical". Carl Nielsen, Symphonist, 1865–1931. pp. 183–211. Appendix I. Simpson 1952. Translated by Harald Knudsen.
- Simpson, Robert (1979). Carl Nielsen, Symphonist. London: Kahn & Averill. p. 260. ISBN 0-900707-46-1. See pp. 56–75. Second edition completely revised with additional chapter.
- Meyer, Torben (1979). "A Biographical Sketch". Carl Nielsen, Symphonist. pp. 225–250. Appendix I. Simpson 1979. Translated by Harald Knudsen.
- Symphony No. 3 (Nielsen): Scores at the International Music Score Library Project, free according to the copyright law of Canada
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