Tonality of Carl Nielsen
was born in Nørre-Lyndelse in 1865 and died in Copenhagen
in 1931. He was a Danish composer, conductor and violinist.
1884, he began studies at the Royal Conservatory in Copenhagen,
two years after having already established a string quartet. At
that conservatory, his teachers were Gade (music
history) and Rosenhoff (theory).
in Neilsen’s life included being a violinist in the Royal
Opera orchestra (1889-1905), conducting at the Copenhagen Music
Society (1915-1927) and becoming the director of the Royal Danish
from Neilsen’s technical fluency in harmony
and counterpoint, he is still known for his ‘progressive
tonality’, a term used to describe a composition that commences
in one key
but ends in another.
Amazing Nielson Fact
works grew in international popularity after World War Two.