Carl August Nielsen is far and away Denmark´s most significant composer. Outside his own country, however, his works have only recently received their deserved recognition. Although he grew up in a period of musical nationalisms and national styles and received his training from the Danish symphonist Niels Wilhelm Gade, the national folklore of his homeland plays no role in Nielsen´s stylistic development. His work is far more marked by its avoidance of any form of romantic excess. Because of this emotional reticence, his work has a certain modernity, which makes it a fascinating link between the romantic symphonic writing of the 19th century and the orchestral music of the early 20th century.
Born on June 9, 1865 in Sortelungen
Died on October 3, 1931 in Copenhagen