Fest-praeludium Ved Aarhundredskiftet 'Festival Prelude for the New Century', FS24
The Festival Prelude for the New Century
(Fest-Præludium ved Aarhundredskiftet
) is a breezily confident piece, whose sustained octaves and chords recall the opening movement (‘Intonation’) of the Suite
Op 8. Nielsen marks the first bar ‘stolt, pompøst’ (‘proud, pompous’), and dedicated the work to his close friend, the artist Jens Ferdinand Willumsen. The piece was published on the front page of the Danish daily newspaper Politiken
on 1 January 1901.
from notes by Daniel Grimley © 2008