DANISH MUSIC FOR BRASS 2

BRASS QUINTETS

By THORVALD HANSEN and AKSEL JØRGENSEN

 

THORVALD HANSEN (1837-1899), Arr. Mogens Andresen:

BRASS QUINTET

1 – Allegro moderato

2 – Andante molto espressione

3 – Allegretto scherzando

4 – Allegro

AKSEL JØRGENSEN (1881-1847), Revised – Mogens Andresen:

BRASS QUINTET

1 – Moderato

2 – Intermezzo

3 – Andante cantabile

4 – Finale

ROYAL DANISH ORCHESTRA BRASS QUINTET

Ketil Christensen and Bjarne Nielsen – trumpet / Henning Hansen – horn

Keld Jørgensen – trombone/Mogens Andresen – euphonium

Executive producer – Ole Høglund

 

THE ROYAL DANISH ORCHESTRA

The Royal Danish Orchestra’s emblem, the Royal Trumpeter Corps. Engraving from 1583. The Royal Danish Orchestra is the the world’s oldest orchestral institution. It started out 1448 as a trumpeter corps, and today it is an opera and symphony orchestra based at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen.

THORVALD HANSEN (1847-1915)

THORVALD HANSEN  came from The Danish Lifeguard Band to The Royal Danish Orchestra where he was principal trumpet 1884 – 1915. He was regarded the most prominent trumpet and cornet player at his time – maybe the most prominent brass player in Scandinavia. He was the first trumpet teacher at The Royal Danish Academy of Music, acted as organist substitute in our Lady’s Church (Copenhagen Cathedral), was vice conductor and played Viola in the Tivoli Garden Symphony Orchestra –  and then he was a composer. All his compositions for cornet/trumpet and piano are dedicated to count W. Schultz who had donated the cornet on which he played all the solos in the music for the Bournonville Ballets. In 1904 Thorvald Hansen received a request from The Chamber Music Society of 1868, with the nickname “The Nights Men’s Association” since the meetings took place after working hours at the Royal Theatre.  They wanted the brass players to perform in the society and he them composed a quartet for 2 cornets and 2 trombones. On this recording the piece has been re-arranged for brass quintet by Mogens Andresen (published on BRASSMUSICONLINE.DK).

AKSEL JØRGENSEN (1881-1947)

AKSEL JØRGENSEN was principal viola in the Royal Danish Orchestra from 1921 and a well known chamber musician. He was a good friend of the principal trombone Anton Hansen and their friendship inspired Aksel Jørgensen to write his Brass Quintet 1942 in a national -romantic style, which make this piece unique in the literature.

 

Mogens Andresen