1947 Copenhagen, Lund

May 29, 1947 – Jun 4, 1947
Copenhagen, Lund

Festival info

Start: May 29, 1947

End: Jun 4, 1947

Locations: Copenhagen, Lund

Hosting member(s)

Programme information

Jury

Sten Broman
Rafael Kubelik
André Souris
Erik Tuxen
Hugo Weisgall

Concerts

Thursday, 29 May 1947 – Danish Radio Orchestra
Vagn Holmboe (Denmark, b. 1909; d. 1996): Symphony No. 5, op. 34 (1944) [30′];
Jean Absil (Belgium [Wallonia], b. 1893; d. 1974): Variations Symphoniques, op. 50 (1942);
Hilding Rosenberg (Sweden, b. 1892; d. 1985): Concerto (No. 1) for String Orchestra (1946) [13′];
Vítězslav Novák (Czechoslovakia, b. 1870; d. 1949): De profundis, op. 67, for orchestra with organ (1941) [23′];
Harald Sæverud (Norway, b. 1897; d. 1982): Galdreslåtten, Op. 20 (Symphonic Dance and Passacaglia) (1947) [9′] conducted by the composer.

Saturday, 31 May 1947
Willy Burkhard (Switzerland, b. 1900; d. 1955): String Quartet No. 2, op. 68 (1943) [18′];
Anton Heiller (Austria, b. 1923; d. 1979): Toccata for two pianos (1943);
György Kósa (Hungary, b. 1897; d. 1984): Trio for two violins and viola (1946);
? Jan Kapr (Czechoslovakia, b. 1914; d. 1988): Piano Sonata No. 1 (1945) or 2 (1947)?;
Hermann D. Koppel (Denmark, b. 1908; d. 1988): Sextet for Piano and Winds, op. 36 (1942) [18′].

Sunday, 1 June 1947
Karl-Birger Blomdahl (Sweden, b. 1916; d. 1968): String Trio (1945) [15′];
Aaron Copland (United States, b. 1900; d. 1990): Piano Sonata (1939-41) [25′];
Sergei Prokofiev (U.S.S.R., b. 1891; d. 1953): Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano, op. 94a (1942, arr for violin and piano 1943) [23′];
Niels Viggo Bentzon (Denmark, b. 1919; d. 2000): Partita for Piano, op. 38 (1945) [21′] performed by the composer;
Benjamin Frankel (United Kingdom [England], b. 1906; d. 1973): String Quartet No. 2, op. 15 (1944) [22′].

Monday, 2 June 1947
David van de Woestijne (Belgium [Flanders], b. 1915 in Wales; d. 1979): Sérénades for piano, 12 winds, doublebass, and percussion (1946) featuring the composer as pianist;
Elizabeth Maconchy (United Kingdom [England], b. 1907; d. 1994): Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra (1945) [14′] featuring Frederick Thurston;
? Adone Zecchi (Italy, b. 1904; d. 1995): Duae fugae novem compositae sonis quattuor sine nomine vocibus for chamber orchestra (scored in four parts for variable instrumentation);
Fartein Valen (Norway, b. 1887; d. 1952): Sonetto di Michelangelo, op. 17 no. 1, for chamber orchestra (1932) [6′];
Michal Spisak (Poland, b. 1914; d. 1965 in France): Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra (1944) [11′] featuring Carl Bloch;
Camille Schmit (Belgium [Wallonia], b. 1908; d. 1976): Préludes joyeux for wind orchestra (1945) [9′].

Tuesday, 3 June 1947
Rudolf Escher (Netherlands, b. 1912; d. 1980): Arcana Musae Dona, suite for piano (1944) [22′];
Klement Slavický (Czechoslovakia, b. 1910; d. 1999): Trio for Oboe, Clarinet, and Bassoon (1937) [14′];
Ernest Bloch (United States, b. 1880 in Switzerland; d. 1959): String Quartet No. 2 (1945) [34′];
André Jolivet (France, b. 1905; d. 1974): Piano Sonata (No. 1) (1945) [20′];
Ildebrando Pizzetti (Italy, b. 1880; d. 1968): Tre composizioni corali for unaccompanied chorus (SATBB) (1943) [12′].

Wednesday, 4 June 1947, 20:10 – Danish Radio Orchestra at the former DR Koncerthuset
Gösta Nystroem (Sweden, b. 1890; d. 1966): Sinfonia Breve (Symphony No. 1) (1929-31) [24′] conducted by Sixten Eckerberg;
Gino Negri (Italy, b. 1919; d. 1991): Antologia di Spoon River for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra [text by Edgar Lee Masters] (1945) [29′] conducted by Erik Tuxen;
Frank Martin (Switzerland, b. 1890; d. 1974): Petite Symphonie Concertante for piano, harpsichord, harp and orchestra (1944-45) [23′] featuring Hermann D. Koppel (piano), Esther Vagning (harpsichord), and Minna Borre (harp);
Roberto Gerhard (United Kingdom [England], b. 1896 in Spain [Catalonia]; d. 1970): Don Quixote, ballet suite for Orchestra (1940-41, rev. 1947) [19′] conducted by André Souris.

The following work was also scheduled but was not performed:
Roger Sessions (United States, b. 1896; d. 1985): Symphony No. 2 (1944-46) [25′].
(It was however re-programmed and performed during the 1948 ISCM Festival in Amsterdam.)

Other events

? Concert of church music in Frederiksborg

? Lecture on Indian music with examples

? Performance in the Royal Danish Theatre
featuring as yet unidentified works by
Carl Nielsen (Denmark, 1865-1931);
Jørgen Bentzon (Denmark, b. 1897; d. 1951);
Knudåge Riisager (Denmark, b. 1897 in Estonia; d. 1974).

DATE? Orchestral Concert Presented by the Danish Section
? Svend Erik Tarp (Denmark, b. 1908; d. 1994): L’Alternarsi delle Stagioni for orchestra;
Ebbe Hamerik (Denmark, b. 1898; d. 1951): Suite from the opera Marie Grubbe (1940)’
? Svend S. Schultz (Denmark, b. 1913; d. 1998): Piano Concerto No. 1 (1943); *
Finn Høffding (Denmark, b. 1899; d. 1997): Symphonic Fantasy No. 2 ‘Det er ganske vist’ [‘There Is No Doubt About It’], op. 37 (1940) [10′].
(* Haefeli lists this as Piano Concerto No. 2 but that work was not composed until 1951)

Other significant interpreters:
Pianists: Ebba Hansen, Bengt Johnsson, Vera Rebkovka, Rosalyn Tureck, Brita H. Karström, Jan Ode, Charles Lilamand.
Violin: Charles Senderovitz.
Viola: Sten Broman.
Violoncello: Guido Vecchi.
Winds: Mitglieder des Prager-Bläserquintetts.
Ensembles: Bloch Quartet, Blech Quartet, Dänisches Bläserquintett von 1932, Koppel Quartet.
Chorus: Radio Madrigalchor, Radio Chor.
Orchestra: Danish Radio Orchestra.
Conductors: Lavard Friisholm, Břetislav Bakala, Anthony Bernard, John Frandsen, Øivin Fjeldstad, Andrzej Panufnik.

Sources

Anton Haefeli, Die Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik (IGNM), Ihre Geschichte von 1922 bis zur Gegenwart (Atlantis Musikbuch-Verlag, 1982), pp. 501-502.

Nicolas Slonimsky, Music Since 1900, Sixth Edition edited by Laura Kuhn (Schirmer Reference, 2001), pp. 409-410.

(annotated by Frank J. Oteri, in progress)

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