The Danish composer Carl Nielsen is renowned for his spacious symphonies, great concertos and many other works. Carl Nielsen is also a composer that represents a unique composition style, which is at the same time rooted in folk music and belonging to the avant-garde.

In Denmark, however, he is not only a great classical composer. He is also a composer who is close to the heart of all Danes through his songs, many of which are as popular today as they were at the time they were written.

To celebrate Carl Nielsen, we will use the great composer’s words, as he explains the essence of music:

“I love the vast surface of silence; and it is my chief delight to break it.” (Jeg elsker stilheds store flade, og det er min højeste lyst at bryde denne.)

Carl Nielsen

We kindly suggest listening to Carl Nielsen’s violin concerto with Baiba Skride, DR SymfoniOrkestret and Thomas Søndergård: