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Title Helios Overture
Opus 17
Composer Nielsen
Arranger McLain
Duration 12:00
Grade
CD -
Series Orchestral 
Instrumentation symphonic band 
Number BM276
Price set (score+parts) € 159,00 Add to cart 
Price score € 28,00 Add to cart 
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The 'Helios Overture' was composed in 1903 while Nielsen was on holiday in the Greek isles. The piece is said to depict the course of the sun through the sky from dawn to sunset. Even though the piece was composed in Greece, there are unmistakable hints of Scandinavian flavor - can one not fail to picture the opening horn section as a Viking horn echoing from the steep walls of a fjord? Or the glacially changing chords at the retransition? In Nielsen's case, it appears that one can take the composer out of Scandinavia, but not Scandinavia out of the composer. Nielsen is most remembered for his six towering symphonies, the concertos for flute and clarinet, the woodwind quintet, the tone poems 'Pan and Syrinx' and 'A Fantasy Journey to the Faroes', and the stage works 'Maskarade' and 'Saul and David'. Within Denmark, he is also famous for many nationalistic songs which are still regularly performed.

 
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