DANISH MUSIC FOR BRASS 4

RUED LANGGAARD and CARL NIELSEN:

MUSIC FOR BRASS

RUED LANGGAARD:

BERENGARIA  for brass ensemble. Arr. Mogens Andresen  

DIES IRAE for tuba and pianoRevised: Jørgen Andersen

PRELUDE for brass quintet and organ. Arr. Mogens Andresen:

RIBE EARLY IN THE MORNING for brass quintet. Arr. Mogens Andresen:. I Along the Cementary Wall / II Wild Ducks / lII Minuet

CARL NIELSEN:

5 PRELUDES for brass ensemble. Arr. Mogens Andresen  

LUR SIGNALS

ROYAL DANISH ORCHESTRA BRASS ENSEMBLE

Ketil Christensen, Bjarne nielsen, Søren Emtoft – trumpet / Henning Hansen – horn / Thorbjörn Kroon – alto trombone / Keld jørgensen – tenor trombone

Mogens Andresen – bass trombone & euphonium / Jørgen Arnsted & Asger Fredericia – tuba / Søren Monrad & Ole Pedersen – percussion 

 Executive producer – Ole Høglund

 

THE ROYAL DANISH ORCHESTRA

THE ROYAL DANISH ORCHESTRA’s EMBLEM, THE ROYAL TRUMPET 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.

RUED LANGGAARD (1893-1952)

Rued Langgaard was a special musical genius. Already, at the age of 11, he debuted in 1905 as an organ improviser in Copenhagen, and when he was 14, his first piece for orchestra and choir was performed. He who wrote in a late romantic style and thus appeared to be opposed to the leading Danish composer Carl Nielsen. Langaard was not appreciated by his contemporaries and came into conflict with the spirit of the time and the powers of Danish music. “Carl Nielsen is Humbug” is a typically bitter statement by Langgaard. At the age of 47 Langgaard was ‘exported’ to Ribe, where he finally obtained a permanent job as organist in Ribe Cathedral. In 1968, 16 years after his death, Langgaard was ‘rediscovered’ and accurately described as an “ecstatic outsider.

RIBE CATHEDRAL

BERENGARIA  (1948) with the subtitle “RIBE FUNERAL MARCH” refers to the queen of the danish king Valdemar Sejr (1170-1241). The piece was originally scored for a strange mix of winds and brass bur is here rearranged for brass ensemble by Mogens Andresen.

 

DIES IRAE for tuba and piano. Though the tuba was invented in the middle of the 19th century, it took about 100 years before solo literature, disregarding light music of an “omphaa-omphaa” character was written for the instrument. DIES IRAE was written in 1948 making it one of the world’s first serious compositions for the tuba!. Langgaard seemed to have an affinity for the tuba. Towards the end of his symphony no.11, four unison playing tubas placed in front of the orchestra is added. Langgaard has worked with two more compositions for tuba, a so-called “Concert” for Tuba and Harmonium, which has been lost, and partly a tuba “Concert No. 2” for tuba and piano. It is known only in sketch form and unfortunately has never been completed.

RIBE EARLY IN THE MORNING  was written to and performed by 4 military musicians. Langgaard was often wandering around in Ribe Town from the early morning and this piece was written such a day the 16 of July 1949. He started composing 5:30 in the morning and the piece was finished 18:00. For this recording the music has been rearranged for brass quintet by Mogens Andresen.

CARL NIELSEN (1865-1931)

Carl Nielsen is considered to be Denmark’s greatest composer and has almost the status of being Danish national composer. Only 14 years of age Carl Nielsen became a member at the THE 6. REGIMENT BAND in Odense 1879. In this band Carl Nielsen played the valve alto trombone and bugle until 1884.

 

CARL NIELSEN AS A 14 YEAR OLD MILITARY MUSICIAN

After his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Music he got a position in The Royal Danish Orchestra at the Royal Theater as violinist and later in 1908 he began the same palace as a conductor. From his time in the military band Carl Nielsen had a good knowledge of brass instruments, influencing his powerful use of them in his orchestral work. Nielsen used a lot of brass and his contemporaries criticized him for that. Today it is almost reversed, Carl Nielsen’s instrumentation has become a part of his brand. Carl Nielsen wrote one of the worldwide most performed woodwind quintets, and in his youth in the military some small pieces for brass. However,  the small pieces for brass have completely disappeared and unfortunate he never later wrote any chamber music for brass. If he had done that, it might have sounded a bit like the 5 preludes on this recording. These 5 Preludes are from Carl Nierlsen’s ” 29 Small Preludes” Op.29 from 1929, here arr. for brass quintet by Mogens Andresen (published on BRASSMUSICONLINE.DK).

 

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THE 6. REGIMENT BAND in Odense, ODENS 1890 , 11 years after Carl Nielsen left the band. 

The LURS are the Danish national instrument. They originate from the Bronze Age (ca.1000 BC), 3000 years old and thus one of the world’s oldest instruments. The Lurs are cast of bronze and have always been found in pairs.

 

THE LUR PLAYERS. STATUE FROM THE TOWN HALL SQUARE IN COPENHAGEN 

 Carl Nielsen’s LUR SIGNALS is a part of the music for a play, Hagbart and Signe, Nielsen wrote 1910 for outdoor performances in Dyrehaven north of Copenhagen.

 

 

OLD DRAWING OF DANISH MILITARY MUSICIANS

Mogens Andresen