DANISH MUSIC FOR BRASS 5

 

MUSIC FOR TRUMPET

PLAYED BY KETIL CHRISTENSEN

 

 

HILDA SEHESTED : SEPTET for CORNET, PIANO AND STRINGS

HILDA SEHESTED : SUITE FOR TRUMPET and PIANO

THORVALD HANSEN: WORKS FOR TRUMPET and PIANO

SONATE, ROMANCE and SCHERZO

AKSEL JØRGENSEN:

CAPRICE ORIENTALE for TRUMPET and PIANO

NIELS VIGGO BENTZON:

TRIO for TRUMPET, HORN and TROMBONE

Ketil Christensen – Trumpet, Jørgen Andersen and Anne Øland – Piano, Johannes Søe Hansen

and Sarah Mc McClleland – Violin, Henrik Olsen – Viola, EeroVoitk – cello, Dariusz Mizera – Double bass

Lasse Mauritzen – Horn, Torbjörn Kroon – trombone

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.

 KETIL CHRISTENSEN (1952-)

Studied at The Royal Danish Academy of Music with Kurt Petersen and became only 19 years old principal trumpet in The Royal Danish Orchestra. Co-founder of The Royal danish Orchestra Brass Ensemble and member of the chamber orchestra Collegium Musicum, Copenhagen. Has made many recordings and engagements as soloist. in 1980 he won a prize at the international competition for soloists in Munich and has later been a member of the jury at the same competition in 2018. Has been teaching trumpet at The royal Danish Academy of Music. The recipient of the Gade Scholarship and Gladsaxe Music Award.

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. He is particularly famous for his Sonata (published 1911), his Concert Waltz and his Scherzo for cornet/trumpet and piano. In  former time his Sonata was test piece for auditions to The Royal Danish Orchestra, but today all his pieces are performed worldwide.

HILDA SEHESTED (1881-1947)

As a young girl Hilda Sehested studied piano with C.F.E. Horneman and composition with Orla Rosenhoff. Since she wished to compose chamber music, she had to learn a sting instrument and began to have viola lessons. Later she also studied the organ. Among her friends who studied with Orla Rosenhoff  was Carl Nielsen and she was one of his warmest admirers and belonged to his circle. Already in1894 she wrote to her sister in law that she has seen some piano pieces by Carl Nielsen “which to be honest impressed me. This little man would appear to be a big little man”. In his diary Carl Nielsen writes  that on the 10th of September he played for some friends “the Symphony, which surprised more than it pleased most of those present. Miss Sehested understood me best”. Hilda Sehested had the year before written to her niece: “Carl Nielsen has something of the spirit of the old masters”. Hilda enjoyed to compose for untraditional instruments, and in 1904 she was “exploring” the cornet. She wrote to a friend: “The cornet can get you to do anything. The first result was “Suite for Cornet or Trumpet and piano, dedicated to the principal trumpet in The Royal Danish Orchestra Thorvald Hansen. In 1912 the work was reviewed in a German military music periodical, and among other things the following was written: A composition for cornet by a woman is a rarity. And yet this suite is one of the most outstanding works of its kind with regard to invention, development and chraftmanship —- the contrapuntal work betraying the hand of a master”. The suite was first performed in March 1905 at the Chamber Music Society by Thorvald Hansen. Hilda Sehested’s Septet is written for the same instruments, trumpet, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass and piano, as used by Saint Saens in his Septet.

AKSEL JØRGENSEN (1881-1947)

AKSEL JØRGENSEN was principal viola in the Royal Danish Orchestra from 1921 and a well known chamber musician.The Caprice Orientale was written for Erik Fritzner, the principal trumpet in The Royal Danish Orchestra in the 30s and the 40s.

 

ERIK FRITZNER (19019-1972)

NIELS VIGGO BENTZON (1919-2000)

Niels Viggo Bentzon is perhaps the most wide-ranging Danish composer in the 20th century. His immense output of more than 600 opuses includes virtually every imaginable genre. The main emphasis is on symphonic music and music for Bentzon’s own instrument, the piano. In his enduring career as both composer and pianist there is hardly a modern musical style, trend or compositional technique he has not challenged and turned into his own. His Trio for Trumpet, Horn and trombone was published in 1964 at the Wilhelm Hansen company and can be seen as a counterpoint to Francis Poulenc’s trio for the same instruments.

 

Mogens Andresen