Niels W. Gade Bicentenary
The Royal Library will be celebrating the Niels W. Gade Centenary with two days of festivities in all of The Black Diamond, with concerts, lectures, recitals, children’s programmes, community singing and instruction in dancing the wedding waltz.
The Danish composer Niels W. Gade, who was born on 22 February 1817, became one of the most important cultural figures in 19th century Denmark. He was the first Danish composer to achieve great international recognition. He was the son of an instrument maker of humble means, and firmly determined to become famous before the age of 25 – something which he achieved!
Niels W. Gade maintained his dominant position until his death in 1890, but he was subsequently quickly forgotten. His breakthrough in 1841 with a national, romantic tone, which was enthusiastically received both in Denmark and abroad, but by his death his music seemed staid and stuffy compared to what one could hear in the works of younger composers such as Johannes Brahms, or the music of his contemporary Richard Wagner, where traditional major-minor tonality was challenged to its limits. There was no corresponding development to be seen in Gade’s music, and it was perhaps precisely for this reason that Gade’s Elverskud and his Fourth Symphony were among the most frequently performed works worldwide at the end of the 19th century.
Programme 5 May:
18.30 CONCERT: Male choirs and Gade. Søren Kierkegaards Plads
19.15 LECTURE: 1848 and the ensuing period. Blixen
19.45 GADE IN 10 MINUTES: Facts about Gade and his age. Atrium
20.00 CONCERT: Music by Gade and Langgaard, Dronningesalen. Ticket required
Københavns Politi Sangkor, conducted by Lars Jørgensen
Trio Vitruvi: Niklas Walentin, violin · Jacob la Cour, cello and Alexander McKenzie, piano
Christina Åstrand, violin
Per Salo, piano
Simon Duus, baritone
Berit Johansen Tange, piano
The Street Party 5 May has been organised in cooperation with the Rued Langgaard Festival.
The Street Party has kindly been supported by the Aage og Johanne Louis-Hansens Fond.
A two-day ticket costs only DKK 250
(valid for three concerts in Dronningesalen)