Tag Archives: Copenhagen

today’s holiday: Denmark Constitution Day


Denmark Constitution Day

This public holiday commemorates the constitution signed on June 5, 1849, that made Denmark a constitutional monarchy, and the one signed on June 5, 1953, that created parliamentary reforms. A parade takes place in Copenhagen, and other festivities are held in villages throughout Denmark. More… Discuss

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Beethoven’s 5th Piano E-flat major, Op. 73 (Emperor) – Daniel Barenboim


Rosenborg Castle


Rosenborg Castle

Rosenborg Castle is situated at the center of the Danish capital, Copenhagen. It was built in 1606 in the Dutch Renaissance style and went through several expansions to arrive at its present condition in 1624. It was used by Danish regents as a royal residence until around 1710 and was opened to the public in 1838. Today, it is popular with tourists who flock to the castle to view the Danish Crown Regalia. How many people visit the Rosenborg Castle Garden every year? More… Discuss

Mengelberg – Grieg – Two Elegiac Melodies for Orchestra, Op 34, great compositions/performances


Mengelberg – Grieg – Two Elegiac Melodies for Orchestra, Op 34

GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES: Edvard Grieg – Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16


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Edvard GriegPiano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano.
Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Mariss Jansons.

The concerto is in three movements:
  *Allegro molto moderato (A minor)
  *Adagio (D flat major)
  *Allegro moderato molto e marcato – Quasi presto – Andante   maestoso (A minor → F major → A minor → A major)

Edvard Grieg

Cover of Edvard Grieg

The first movement is noted for the timpani roll in the first bar that leads to a dramatic piano flourish. The movement is in the Sonata form. The movement finishes with a virtuosic cadenza and a similar flourish as in the beginning.
The second movement is a lyrical movement in D flat major, which leads directly into the third movement.
The third movement opens in A minor 4/4 time with an energetic theme (Theme 1), which is followed by a lyrical 3/4 theme in F Major (Theme 2). The movement returns to Theme 1. Following this recapitulation is the 3/4 A Major Quasi presto section, which consists of a variation of Theme 1. The movement concludes with the Andate maestoso in A Major (or in A mixolydian), which consists of a dramatic rendition of Theme 2 (as opposed to the lyrical fashion with which Theme 2 is introduced).
Performance time of the whole concerto is around 28 minutes.

Edvard Grieg: Born in Bergen 1843.

Berliner Philharmoniker

Cover of Berliner Philharmoniker

After being taught piano by his mother, he went to the Leipzig Conservatory at the age of 15 to study music where his teachers included Ignaz Moscheles and Carl Reinecke. He then lived in Copenhagen and came under the influence of Niels W.
Gade who encouraged him to compose a symphony and there also met fellow Norwegian composer Rikard Nordraak who inspired Grieg to champion the cause of Norwegian music. He went on to become his country’s greatest and most famous composer who excelled in many genres including orchestral, chamber, solo piano, vocal and choral. His output of purely orchestral music was small but included
his Piano Concerto, Symphonic Dances and the 2 Suites derived from his incidental music to Ibsen’s “Peer Gynt.”

Painters:
Ludvig Skramstad
Nils Hansteen
Philip Barlag
Ole Juul
Thorolf Holmboe
Sophus Jacobsen
Lyder Wenzel Nicolaysen
Niels Björnson Möller

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Today’s Birthday: Ole Worm (1588)


Ole Worm (1588)

Worm was a Danish physician and antiquarian who was the personal physician of King Christian IV of Denmark and served Copenhagen during plague epidemics. Worm’s chief contributions to medical science were in embryology. As a natural philosopher, he assembled a vast collection of stuffed and mounted animals, fossils, and other curiosities. A collector of early Scandinavian literature and texts written in the runic alphabet, he wrote extensively on rune stones. What are the Wormian bones? More… Discuss

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: MARGRETHE’S BIRTHDAY


Margrethe’s Birthday

The birthday of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (b. 1940) is observed in the capital city of Copenhagen, where people congregate in the courtyard of Amalienborg, the royal palace. Carrying small Danish flags, children cheer and sing for the Queen, refusing to go home until she comes out to greet them. She often appears on the balcony at lunchtime and makes a speech, which is followed by a changing of the Royal Guard in its scarlet dress uniforms. More… Discuss

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Edvard Grieg – Symphonic Dances / Daneses Symphoniques



Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Norge

Symphonic Dances on Norwegian motifs, Op. 64
– Danses symphoniques sur des motifs norvégiens, op. 64

I. Allegro moderato e marcato
II. Allegro grazioso
III. Allegro giocoso
IV. Andante – Allegro molto e risoluto

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi

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Fabulous Composers/Compositions: Aram Khachaturian:Masquerade Suite



Khachaturina:Masquerade Suite(Waltz/Nocturne/Mazurka/Romance/Gal­op)
The Japan Sinfonia cond.by Hisayoshi Inoue
2010/05/09/Daiichi-Seimei Hall,Tokyo

 

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Charles Gounod – Petite Symphonie



Charles Gounod – Petite Symphonie, for flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 french horns and 2 bassons.
Adagio. Allegretto.
Andante cantabile.
Scherzo.
Finale.

Collegium Musicum, Copenhagen:
Toke Lund Christiansen, flute.
Bjørn Carl Nielsen, Gert Herzberg, oboe.
Niels Thomsen, Jørgen Misser Jensen, clarinet.
Søren Elbo, Klaus Tônshoff, basset horn.
Per McClelland Jacobsen, Leif Lind, Henning Hansen, Kjeld Rud Pedersen, french horn.
Asger Svendsen, Klaus Fredriksen, bassoon.
Frederikke Svendsen, double basson.
Michael Schønwandt, conductor.

 

Today’s Bithday: Hans Christian Andersen (1805)


Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen
Born April 2, 1805(1805-04-02)
Odense, Denmark
Died August 4, 1875(1875-08-04) (aged 70)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupation Novelist, short story writer, fairy tales writer
Nationality Danish
Genres Children’s literature, travelogue


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Hans Christian Andersen (Danish pronunciation: [ˈhaˀns ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsn̩], referred to using the initials H. C. Andersen in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet noted for his children’s stories. These include “The Steadfast Tin Soldier“, “The Snow Queen“, “The Little Mermaid“, “Thumbelina“, “The Little Match Girl“, and “The Ugly Duckling“.

During his lifetime he was acclaimed for having delighted children worldwide, and was feted by royalty. His poetry and stories have been translated into more than 150 languages. They have inspired motion pictures, plays, ballets, and animated films.