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Drømmen on Glade Jul 'A Dream about Silent Night', FS34

composer
completed on 3 December 1905; Poco adagio; also translated as The Dream of Merry Christmas

 
A Dream about ‘Silent Night’ (Drømmen om ‘Glade Jul’) is an improvisatory paraphrase based on the famous Christmas carol, which swiftly departs from the original melody and explores new, more unusual musical territory. Nielsen’s title, ‘Dream’, is significant, suggesting parallels with his orchestral tone poem Saga-drøm, which likewise contains passages of a strangely fantastical and arabesque-like nature. The work was composed in 1905, and, appropriately given the subject matter, the score is dated 3 December.

from notes by Daniel Grimley © 2008

Drømmen om «Glade Jul» est une paraphrase à l’improvisade sur le chant de Noël «Douce nuit», qui se départ vite de la mélodie originale pour explorer un territoire musical nouveau, moins convenu. Le titre «Drømmen» («Rêve») a son importance: il suggère des parallèles avec le poème symphonique orchestral Saga-drøm de Nielsen, où se trouvent aussi des passages curieusement fantastiques, de type arabesque. L’œuvre fut composée en 1905 et la partition est datée du 3 décembre, ce qui n’a rien d’étonnant vu le sujet.

extrait des notes rédigées par Daniel Grimley © 2008
Français: Hypérion

Drømmen om „Glade Jul“ („Der Traum über ,Stille Nacht‘“) ist eine auf dem Weihnachtslied „Stille Nacht“ beruhende improvisatorische Paraphrase, die sich bald von der Ausgangsmelodie entfernt und neues, ungewöhnlicheres musikalisches Terrain erkundet. Der vom Komponisten gewählte Titel „Traum“ verweist auf Wichtiges, werden damit doch Parallelen zu Nielsens Tondichtung für Orchester Saga-drøm gezogen, die ebenfalls Passagen von merkwürdig zauberhafter und arabesk anmutender Natur enthält. Drømmen om „Glade Jul“ entstand 1905, und die Partitur ist, dem Thema angemessen, mit 3. Dezember datiert.

aus dem Begleittext von Daniel Grimley © 2008
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

Recordings

Nielsen: Complete Piano Music
CDA67591/22CDs
Nielsen: Complete Piano Music
CDA66231/22CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion

Details

Track 5 on CDA67591/2 CD1 [1'58] 2CDs
Track 17 on CDA66231/2 CD1 [1'53] 2CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion

Track-specific metadata for CDA67591/2 disc 1 track 5

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-59105
Duration
1'58
Recording date
28 February 2007
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Michael George
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Nielsen: Complete Piano Music (CDA67591/2)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: June 2008
    2CDs
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