Svend Nielsen

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Svend Nielsen (born 20 April 1937) is a modern Danish composer.[1][2] He was a student of Vagn Holmboe, Finn Høffding and Per Nørgård. His inspirations are Nørgård, Ravel and Debussy.[3]


  • Sinfonia concertante (1994) for cello solo and ensemble (20')
  • Violinkoncert (1985) for violin and orchestra (25’)

Orchestral songs[edit]

  • Akustisk Regnbue ("Acoustic Rainbow," 2002) for alto voice and Concert Band (17') to text by Pia Tafdrup.
  • Ekbátana (2006) for soprano and orchestra (15') to text by Sophus Claussen.
  • Kammerkantate ("Chamber cantata," 1975) for soprano and ensemble (20’) to text by Jørgen Leth.
  • Svinedrengen ("The Swineherd," 2003) for narrator, soprano and baritone, children's choir and orchestra (25') to text by H. C. Andersen.


  • Dreamsongs (1988) for soprano, alto flute, electric guitar and cello (12’)
  • Opstigning mod Akseki (1979) for soprano, vibraphone or violin and guitar (8’)
  • På bunden af min drøm (1993) for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, piano and cello (18') to text by Pia Tafdrup
  • Ritorneller (1994) for soprano and 2 guitars (10’) to text by Emil Aarestrup (10’)
  • Sommerfugledalen "Butterfly valley" (Part 1 1998 / Part 2 2004) for chamber choir (12 solo voices) (40’) to text by Inger Christensen
  • Sonnetts of Time (1978) for soprano, flute, guitar, violin and cello (14’)
  • Så stille (1986) for alto voice, alto flute, vibraphone, guitar and cello to text by Gustav Munch-Petersen


  1. ^ DMT. Dansk musiktidsskrift: Volumes 54-55 Unge tonekunstnerselskab, Dansk komponistforening, Dansk tonekunstnerforening - 1979 "Svend Nielsen. Født 20. april 1937."
  2. ^ Noteworthy Danes: Portraits of Eleven Danish Composers (Copenhagen: W. Hansen, 1991). "The eleven contemporary composers portraited are: Vagn Holmboe, Niels Viggo Bentzon, Per Nørgård, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Ib Nørholm, Svend Nielsen, Ole Buck, Poul Ruders, Hans Abrahamsen, and Karl Aage Rasmussen."
  3. ^ Dacapo Records Bio in English