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Saga dream

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The composer’s title says it all. Carl Nielsen was inspired by a dream in the Old Norse epic Njal’s saga where the hero Gunnar is warned of a great danger. Of course, since it’s a fairy tale, he can handle it all.

Nielsen’s music initially moves quietly and calmly, but gradually strange beings begin to appear in the shadows of the dream. The voices of nature are heard in the form of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and glockenspiel before the piece ends softly. Carl Nielsen quoted Njal’s saga when he wrote about the music: “Now Gunnar dreams; let him enjoy his dream in peace”.


Nielsen Saga dream


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