DANISH MUSIC FOR BRASS
Is a series of recordings with brass players from the Royal Danish Orchestra
as chamber music players or soloists
By THORVALD HANSEN and AKSEL JØRGENSEN
THORVALD HANSEN (1837-1899), Arr. Mogens Andresen:
1 – Allegro moderato
2 – Andante molto espressione
3 – Allegretto scherzando
4 – Allegro
AKSEL JØRGENSEN (1881-1847), Revised – Mogens Andresen:
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). In addition to this he 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 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. This society had 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 for this occasion he 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.