Ludolf Nielsen

Carl Henrik Ludolf Nielsen (* 29. January 1876 in Nørre Tvede with Næstved; † 16. October 1939 in Copenhagen) was a Danish composer.


Ludolf Nielsen, the son of a farmer, showed already as a child large musical talentand received starting from 1883 the first regulated Violinunterricht. it pulled 1892 to Copenhagen, in order to take there further instruction. It kept a scholarship, which for it made possible, at the conservatoire violin, piano and music theory three years later to study. During its studies Nielsen began, auto+didactically firstTo write compositions.1897 it was accepted as Bratschist to the Kopenhagener Tivoli orchestra, in the following year locked it its studies. Around the turn of the century it stepped with first compositions to the public. Short time kept a scholarship again later to Nielsen and could do 1903/04 train further in Leipzig. In the following years its Reputation mehrte itself as a composer in and outside of Denmark. The First World War meant a deep cut in its life. It had to give composition instruction and lead an amateur orchestra, in order to be able to deny its living costs. 1926 became Nielsenmusical advisor of the Danish broadcast, which it remained until 1932. Altogether however he was noticed after the First World War apart from some few successes hardly more publicly than composer and came gradually into oblivion.


Nielsens work leaves itself in two periodsdivide. In the first period its work is clearly affected of the late romance. Characteristics of its works of this time are opulente sound volume and a slope to ideas of the symbolism. From many works deep idealism and a certain slope speak to positives. Those is particularly remarkableUse of the cyclic principle in many large-scale works, i.e. most topics return satzübergreifend and have partly even a certain “function”. In this regard Nielsen proves more strongly as every other Danish composer than affected of César Franck. In addition it preserves a preferencefor topics, which remind of dances and play man ways. During the First World War Nielsen did not write new works, but after the war he began again with composing. Shaken by the terrible events he believed however to be able not to maintain his earlier style any longer. In itssecond creative period it writes therefore as long no longer romantically as before, but puts strengthens value on Polyphonie and linearity. To the place of the Chromatik prevailing up to then now a preference for Bitonalität steps. Even if it further elements of the Danish folklore into itsMusic inserts first, works the works of the second creative period very many reserved and coolly as those. Nielsen stood at the latest since the First World War completely in the shade of his name cousin Carl Nielsen. But even if its works not so modern and innovative are like itsWorks, one should notice Ludolf Nielsen nevertheless as a very qualityful and not insignificant composer.


  • of orchestra works
    • symphony Nr.1 h-moll op.3 (1902/03)
    • symphony Nr.2 E major op.19 “luck info. never” (1907-09)
    • symphony Nr.3 C major op.32 (1911-13)
    • “from the mountains”, Suite op.8 (1905)
    • “forest migration”, Suite op.40(1922)
    • Konzertouvertüre C major op.13 (1906)
    • “Hjortholm”, clay/tone picture op.53 (1923)
    • “Frühlingsouvertüre” op.56 (1932)
    • “well market”, sinfonische seal op.60 (1936)
    • “Lakschmi”, ballet op.45 (1919-21)
    • “the travel comrade”, ballet op.54 (1928)
  • vowel works
    • “Isbella”, opera op.10 (1907)
    • “the clock”, opera op.16 (1911)
    • “Lola”, opera op.43 (1920)
    • “the tower to Babel”, Oratoriumfor Soli, choir and orchestra op.35 (1912/13)
    • approx. 120 songs
    • of choirs
  • chamber music
    • caper quartet Nr.1 A major op.1 (1900)
    • caper quartet Nr.2 C-moll op.5 (1903/04)
    • caper quartet Nr.3 C major op.41 (1920)
    • romance for Violoncello and piano or orchestra op.11 (1905)
  • piano works
    • of 4 pieces of piano of op.17 (1907)
    • 3 Noveletten op.21 (1908)


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