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Track(s) taken from CDA66231/2

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

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

Mina Miller (piano)
Recording details: July 1986
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: October 1987
Total duration: 1 minutes 53 seconds

Cover artwork: Flowering Lilacs, Funen, Denmark.
Photographed by Lone Mengel / Reproduced by courtesy of The Danish Tourist Board

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Martin Roscoe (piano)
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

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