The Carl Nielsen Edition

Last update: 06-04-2014 02:46 PM

Even though Carl Nielsen is Denmark's greatest composer much of his music has until recently not been available in editions that meet the acceptable standards set by musicology and performance. In fact, many works were only available in handwritten copies or poor printed editions. Some of the reasons for this situation were

  • the complicated history of the Carl Nielsen dissemination in Denmark
  • Nielsen's well known carelessness
  • corrections and re-instrumentations by Nielsen's colleagues and friends.

On this background the Carl Nielsen Edition initiated a new and thorough study of all relevant sources of Nielsen's music with the aim to present a collected, critical edition of Nielsen's works in 32 volumes plus study scores and parts. Each volume has an introduction, describing the history of the work and a critical report containing a survey of the sources and a list of all emendations and variants.
All volumes are bilingual (Danish/English); the operas and large choral works, furthermore, will be available in two versions: Danish/English and Danish /German.

Works included in volumes with more than one work are available in separate cloth-bound editions.

The works are available for download here, as well as the prefaces and descriptions of sources.

In addition to the edition of the music, Nielsen's collected writings have been published:
Carl Nielsen til sin samtid, vols. 1-3, published by John Fellow. Copenhagen 1999.

Articles about Carl Nielsen's music can be found in Carl Nielsen Studies, and an edition of his letters is forthcoming.


Subscription and orders:
Edition Wilhelm Hansen
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