Danish chamber works 1900-1950

The chamber works from 1900-1950 in the Edition·S Catalogue holds a great variety of works. Also available on our playlist!

Included in this selection are works by Knudåge Riisager (1897-1974) who studied in Paris in the 1920s and became a pioneer of the Neo-Classicist style in Danish music. His early chamber music works can be understood both as provocative miniatures of considerable originality and vitality, and as preliminary studies for later achievements.

Another notable composer of that period is Herman D. Koppel (1908-1998). He made his debut as a pianist in 1930, and he was an active composer for no less than 65 years working with a variety of forms and genres.

Nancy Dalberg (1881-1949) composed several instrumental works, chamber music as well as works for orchestra. Despite her obvious musical talent, Nancy Dalberg had a hard time finding success as a composer in a male-dominated environment. In recent years, however, her music has begun to receive attention. Edition·S published Dalberg’s three string quartets in 2018, and the first complete recording of them, performed by Nordic String Quartet, was released on Dacapo Records the following year.

Paul von Klenau (1883-1946) was a composer and conductor, and as a young man he travelled to Germany and Austria to study and work. His music was therefore mainly inspired by the Austrian composer Anton Bruckner and the German composer Richard Strauss.