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Carl Nielsen: Saul and David, Act 2: Orchestra

Prelude

COMPOSER: Carl Nielsen
PUBLISHER: Carl Nielsen Edition
PRODUCT FORMAT: Score
During the time that he was playing in the Orchestra of the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Carl Nielsen composed his two operas, of which Saul and David is the first. Criticised as more of an oratorio than an opera, Saul and David has not enjoyed many performances, although this short, majestic and
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Composer Carl Nielsen
Publisher Carl Nielsen Edition
Instrumentation Orchestra
Product Format Score
Genre Classical
Year of Publication 2009
Grade of Difficulty 5
Style Period Post 1901
ISBN 9788759815588
No. WH30773
Number of pages 24
Text language International
Description
During the time that he was playing in the Orchestra of the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Carl Nielsen composed his two operas, of which Saul and David is the first. Criticised as more of an oratorio than an opera, Saul and David has not enjoyed many performances, although this short, majestic and psychologically revealing Prelude to Act II has become a popular short concert piece. It evokes the majesty of the court of Saul just before news arrives of the Philistine giant Goliath, and hints at struggles both external and within the main characters. The dissonant Trumpets may have aroused excitement at the premiere in 1902, and still create a powerful effect in today'sperformances.
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