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This Day in History - June 9

Composer Carl Nielsen was born.
Feature | June 9, 2017 | By Jonathan Shipley


On this day, in 1865, Danish composer Carl Nielsen was born. Widely recognized as the most famous composer Denmark has ever produced, he maintained the reputation of outside during his lifetime, both in Denmark and internationally. It was only later that his works were recognized internatially. The 1960s brought him fame as Leonard Bernstein and others began conducting his music to large audiences. 

The Seattle Symphony played his music recently. You can read the Encore Arts Program of that performance, here

He wrote six symphonies, as well as other pieces including quintets and concertos. His opera, Maskarade, and many of his songs have become part of the fabric of Danish national heritage. Inspired by Brahms and Grieg, he soon developed his own style.

He would die in 1931 of a heart attack. He is buried in Copenhagen's Vestre Cemetery

His 5th symphony:

His violin concerto:

His 6th symphony:

June 6, 2017 to June 25, 2017
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Seattle, WA 98101