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Tre Tonestykker, Op 22
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1851; published by Breitkopf und Härtel 1852/3

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'Organ Fireworks, Vol. 12' (CDA67612)
Organ Fireworks, Vol. 12
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No 1: F major

Tre Tonestykker, Op 22
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A native of Copenhagen, Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817–1890) attracted the attention of Mendelssohn, who performed the young composer’s first symphony at a concert given by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra; and the success of that work led to Gade becoming assistant to Mendelssohn, whom he eventually succeeded as conductor of the orchestra. His Tre Tonestykker, Op 22, were written in 1851 and published by Breitkopf & Härtel in 1852–3. The first of them, marked Moderato, is a tuneful, spirited essay in sonata form whose second subject, fugal in character, generates a momentum maintained unflaggingly to the grand final bars.

from notes by Relf Clark © 2008

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