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Fest-praeludium Ved Aarhundredskiftet 'Festival Prelude for the New Century', FS24
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1900; Tempo giusto; dedicated to the artist Jens Ferdinand Willumsen; published in the newspaper Politiken on 1 January 1901

Recordings
'Nielsen: Complete Piano Music' (CDA67591/2)
Nielsen: Complete Piano Music
'Nielsen: Complete Piano Music' (CDA66231/2)
Nielsen: Complete Piano Music
CDA66231/2  2CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion  
Details
Track 6 on CDA67591/2 CD1 [1'27] 2CDs
Track 16 on CDA66231/2 CD1 [1'32] 2CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion

Fest-praeludium Ved Aarhundredskiftet 'Festival Prelude for the New Century', FS24
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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

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