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.
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: