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Fem Klaverstykker 'Five Piano Pieces', Op 3
composer
Nos 2 & 5: ? 1887/9; set compiled 1890/1; dedicated to Orpheline Olsen; FS10

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
No 1: Folk Tune: Andante
Track 40 on CDA67591/2 CD1 [2'25] 2CDs
Track 1 on CDA66231/2 CD1 [2'29] 2CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion
No 2: Humoresque: Allegretto giocoso
Track 41 on CDA67591/2 CD1 [1'32] 2CDs
Track 2 on CDA66231/2 CD1 [1'44] 2CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion
No 3: Arabesque: Moderato
Track 42 on CDA67591/2 CD1 [1'00] 2CDs
Track 3 on CDA66231/2 CD1 [1'07] 2CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion
No 4: Mignon: Moderato grazioso
Track 43 on CDA67591/2 CD1 [0'47] 2CDs
Track 4 on CDA66231/2 CD1 [0'50] 2CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion
No 5: Elf's Dance: Tempo di valse
Track 44 on CDA67591/2 CD1 [1'30] 2CDs
Track 5 on CDA66231/2 CD1 [1'21] 2CDs Rights no longer controlled by Hyperion

Fem Klaverstykker 'Five Piano Pieces', Op 3
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It is not surprising, perhaps, that Nielsen’s first published work for the piano, the Five Piano Pieces Op 3, belongs essentially in the earlier category. Nielsen may have composed two of the pieces, Nos 2 and 5, as early as 1887–9, although the complete set was not assembled until 1890–91, while he was away from Denmark on his first trip abroad. The set is characteristically diverse in mood and expression. The opening number, ‘Folk Tune’, is in a somewhat stylized Jugendstil vein, although Nielsen adds the Danish direction ‘nynnende’ (‘humming’) to the opening bar. The third number, ‘Arabesque’, is remarkable for its sense of harmonic waywardness—a significant foreshadow of his later compositional idiom. Before publication, Nielsen referred to the piece as ‘Fanden’ (‘The Devil’), and the music is prefaced by a quotation from the symbolist poet Jens Peter Jacobsen: ‘Har Du faret vild i dunkle Skove? Kjender Du Pan?’ (‘Have you lost your way in the dark forest? Do you know Pan?’).

from notes by Daniel Grimley © 2008

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Details for CDA67591/2 disc 1 track 43
Mignon: Moderato grazioso
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-59143
Duration
0'47
Recording date
28 February 2007
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Michael George
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Nielsen: Complete Piano Music (CDA67591/2)
    Disc 1 Track 43
    Release date: June 2008
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