Tage  Nielsen

Tage Nielsen

(1929-2003)

Tage Nielsen was educated at the University of Copenhagen, taking his musicological diploma in 1955. He worked for the Music Department of the Danish Broadcasting Corporation in 1951-63, from 1957 as deputy head of the department. He was principal of the Jutland Academy of Music in Aarhus in 1963-83 and Director of the Danish Institute in Rome in 1983-89. He has also held a large number of official posts in Danish musical and cultural life.

His early works, composed at the end of the 1940s and the beginning of the 1950s, are Neoclassically oriented. But from about 1960 he received strong impulses from the musical innovations that came in the 1950s from composers like Stockhausen, Boulez and Nono. This is evident from the works Two Nocturnes for piano (1960), Varianter for alto flute (1963) and Bariolage for orchestra (1965). He was later one of the first Danish composers to make use of quotation elements as formal and expressive devices, for example in the orchestral work Il Giardino Magico (1968). Already here Neoromantic tendencies appeared, and this is a feature that was to characterize many of his works thereafter - for example Three Character Pieces and an Epilogue for piano (1972-74), Three Black Madrigals for a cappella choir (Sylvia Plath) (1978), Passacaglia for orchestra (1981), Paesaggi for two pianos (1985), The Frosty Silence in the Gardens for guitar (1990) and Konzertstück for piano and 11 instruments.

In his opera Laughter in the Dark (after Vladimir Nabokov's novel of the same name) (1986-91) he also makes sophisticated use of quotations and quasi-quotations, among other reasons to create irony and distance in the musicodramatic characterization.

Tage Nielsen was awarded the Ancker Grant in 1975 and Sylvia og Poul Schierbeck's Grant in 1993.

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  1. To nocturner

    1961 • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  2. Il Giardino Magico

    1968 • Tage Nielsen

    Orchestra

  3. Paesaggi

    1985 • Tage Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  4. A Sentimental Journey

    2002 • Tage Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  5. Retrospekt

    2001 • Tage Nielsen

    7+ Instruments

  6. In tribulatione mea

    1985 • Tage Nielsen

    Choir

  7. Nocturne

    1996 • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  8. Songs of Sun, Wind, and Darkness

    1999 • Tage Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  9. Tre danske korsange

    1998 • Tage Nielsen

    Choir

  10. 6 Epigrammer

    1998 • Tage Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  11. Trio Semplice

    1997 • Tage Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  12. Konzertstück

    1998 • Tage Nielsen

    7+ Instruments

  13. Canzone per oboe solo

    1997 • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  14. Fantasistykke

    1997 • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  15. Improvisation og Fuga

    1983 • Tage Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  16. Ballade

    1984 • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  17. Passacaglia

    1982 • Tage Nielsen

    Orchestra

  18. Lamento og Koralfantasi

    1995 • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  19. Diptykon

    1996 • Tage Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  20. Drei Lieder

    1995 • Tage Nielsen

    7+ Instruments

  21. Uccelli

    1992 • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  22. 4 Miniaturer

    1963 • Tage Nielsen

    Orchestra

  23. Pastorale

    1990 • Tage Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  24. Toccata

    1951 • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  25. A Winter’s Tale

    1994 • Tage Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  26. Opstilling og landskab

    1981 • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  27. 5 poems by William Blake

    1979 • Tage Nielsen

    7+ Instruments

  28. Sonate for piano, op. 3

    • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  29. Salon

    1984 • Tage Nielsen

    2-6 Instruments

  30. Attisk Sommer

    1974 • Tage Nielsen

    7+ Instruments

  31. Varianter

    1963 • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  32. Ritual

    1989 • Tage Nielsen

    7+ Instruments

  33. Five Romantic Songs

    1994 • Tage Nielsen

    7+ Instruments

  34. Latter i Mørket (Laughter in the Dark)

    1992 • Tage Nielsen

    Music Drama and Stage Music

  35. 5 Operafragmenter

    1986 • Tage Nielsen

    7+ Instruments

  36. The Frosty Silence in the Gardens

    1990 • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  37. Tre karakterstykker og en epilog

    1974 • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  38. Marker og Enge

    1971 • Tage Nielsen

    Solo

  39. Three Black Madrigals

    1978 • Tage Nielsen

    Choir




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