Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Carl Nielsen - Springtime In Funen (Fynsk Forår)

Devizes Chamber Choir met for the first time in 2015 on Tuesday evening, and we started rehearsing "Springtime in Funen" by Carl Nielsen, a work non of us had previously performed.   We sang the first couple of pages at sight, and realised we might have an uphill battle on our hands.  The sopano line contains some top A's, and last night our voices were sounding squeaky, and completely out of practise

As with all choirs, we are short of men's voices, and last night we sang with only seven tenors and four basses.  The sopranos are the largest section of the choir with nineteen voices,  and the altos come a close second with twelve strong singers.  Our conductor Liz, has sung the piece before, and I think we will sound wonderful when we have worked out what we should be singing!

Carl Nielsen, 9th June 1865 - 3rd October 1931  was a Danish composer, and is widely recognised as Denmark's greatest composer, conductor and violinist.  He was bought up by poor but musically talented parents on the Island of Funen, and demonstrated his musical talents at an early age.  It took some time for his works to be fully appreciated, even in his own country, but Nielsen's works have entered the international repertoire.

Good music and video, a shame about the adverts in the following video!

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