New publication series: Danish Classical Music

Edition·S has initiated the publishing series Danish Classical Music which will release works from the Danish, classical music heritage. The first independent project focuses on musical works by three composers who are women, and whose music is only to a very small extent available in printed editions, namely Hilda Sehested, Tekla Griebel Wandall and Nancy Dalberg.

The purpose of the publishing series Danish Classical Music is to make Danish, classical music of special value and interest available to the music scene and music research at home and abroad in elaborate, reliable editions. An external editorial board has been put together, whose members have the necessary scientific competencies, experience with music publishing, practical music skills and institutional connection.

The publishing series has been established as a successor to the Danish Center for Music Publishing (DCM), which functioned in the period 2009-19 as a research unit under the Royal Danish Library. DCM’s main task was to publish musical works within the Danish cultural heritage on a scientific basis with a focus on the use of the editions in connection with performance and recording. Following DCM's closure in 2019, this task has not been continued, but the need is still there, and therefore Edition·S looks forward to continuing the important work. Each publication or publication series is an independent project under the umbrella of Danish Classical Music. Financing, employees, consultants, etc. are individually linked to the various project.

Hilda Sehested, Tekla Griebel Wandall and Nancy Dalberg

Hilda Sehested (1858-1936), Tekla Griebel Wandall (1866-1940) and Nancy Dalberg (1881-1949) are important in the history of Danish composers who are women. Despite considerable adversity, all three managed to establish their name in the contemporary world and to gain recognition from fellow composers. They were among the first women in Denmark to be part of the public music environment - previously women had primarily had the opportunity to make music at home. Hilda Sehested and Nancy Dalberg represent the new possibilities of the time for the composing woman from wealthy families, while Tekla Griebel Wandall, who was poor all her life, is the first woman educated from the Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, who had a real career as a composer. They were productive and composed in all genres. Together they tell the story of how the composing woman entered Danish music history - and was forgotten again.

From a purely stylistic-historical point of view, all three composers belong to what can be called the "delayed romance", which played a role in Danish music life well into the 20th century, and which was expressed in e.g. August Enna, Ludolf Nielsen, Louis Glass, Rued Langgaard and others who in the writing of music history have been overshadowed by the modernist Carl Nielsen. That said, there are other elements to all three composers as well: Hilda Sehested's romantic harmonics were sometimes so challenging that critics accused it of lacking an inner logic; Tekla Griebel Wandall's piano pieces are often impressionistic and sometimes make use of exuberant whole-tone scales and harsh atonality; and modernist traits are, perhaps by virtue of her friendship and collaboration with Carl Nielsen, not uncommon with Nancy Dalberg.

The publication of the works by Hilda Sehested, Tekla Griebel Wandall and Nancy Dalbergs has been made possible by a generous grant from the Augustinus Foundation.