About Carl Nielsen
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) was a major Danish composer who bridged the late Romantic and early modern periods. Beginning his career as a violinist in a theater orchestra in Copenhagen, Nielsen went on to become a conductor as well as an educator at the Royal Danish Conservatory. Developed from the strong influence of Brahms, Nielsen's early style also grew out of Danish folk songs, and the commonly used flatted seventh became a regular feature of his melodies. Nielsen is known internationally for his six symphonies and three concertos, though his comic opera, Maskarade, is regarded in Denmark as a national treasure.
BORNJune 9, 1865