Carl Nielsen by Jack Lawson
This biography emphasizes Nielsen's versatility, from the dramatic heights of his two operas 'Saul og David' and 'Maskarade' to the poignant simplicity of his popular songs.
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The author, who is the founder of the the Carl Nielsen Society of Great Britain, has brought forth a very insightful book on Denmark's preeminent national composer. Nielsen is revealed here in all his complexities despite the fact that important personal documents cannot be accessed by researchers. The composer's childhood, even though spent in rural privation, did not leave Nielsen stained with pessimism. His youth is revealed as a happy time as he watched his father work as a traveling performer. The fact that Nielsen was unappreciated in Denmark during most of his life is brought forth here. There are very lucid comments on the composer's major works and on his life-affirming aesthetic. The difficulties of a marriage between two highly active artists are boldly presented while describing the arduous relationship Nielsen had with his sculptress wife Anne Marie. This book has well placed photographs throughout, which help very much with the people and events, as well as a complete works list and selected discography.