Carl Nielsen

Humoreske-bagateller (Humoresque-bagatelles) (6), for piano, FS 22 (Op. 11)

    Description by Chris Morrison

    These six short pieces were written between 1894 and 1897 -- a period during which Nielsen was enjoying the success of his First Symphony. They represent a return to the lightness and simplicity of the Five Pieces, Op. 3 of 1890, and a departure from the massive Symphonic Suite for piano, Op. 8 (1894)--far and away his most ambitious keyboard work to date.

    Dedicated to the composer's children, the Humoresque-Bagatelles were first performed on February 2, 1898 by Nielsen's pupil Johanne Stockmarr. The set's title is well chosen; the six pieces are brief, unpretentious, and fanciful in nature, proceeding one to the next with a sense of carefree expedition. The second piece, "Spinning Top," with its circling motion in the right hand, might make a good finger exercise for intermediate pianists, and the "Doll's March" (No. 5) is probably the best known, with a cute, catchy tune. The other pieces are titled, "Hallo, Hallo!" (No. 1), "A Short Slow Waltz" (No. 3), "Jumping Jack" (No. 4), and "The Musical Clock" (No. 6).

    Parts/Movements

    1. Goddag! Goddag! Goddag! (Hallo, Hallo!)
    2. Snurretoppen (The Spinning Top)
    3. En lille langsom Vals (A Short Slow Waltz)
    4. Spraellemanden (Jumping Jack)
    5. Dukke-Marsch (Doll's March)
    6. Spillevaerket (The Musical Clock)

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Delos DE 3527
    2017 2L 2L130SABD
    2017 OUR Recordings 62206190000
    2012 Membran / Scandinavian Classics 233378
    2012 Dacapo 8206003
    2011 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099909478
    2009 EMI Classics 68161
    2008 Hyperion 67591
    2008 CPO 777413-2
    2008 CPO CPO777 413-2
    2008 Ecstasy / Ms Ecstacy Records 01
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099951942
    2007 Summit Records 483
    2006 Erato
    2006 Virgin Classics 349913
    2003 Scandinavian Classics 220540
    2003 Virgin 562040
    2002 Gallo 904
    2001 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 7243574789
    1999 Danacord 363364
    1999 Dacapo 8224095
    1999 Danacord 481-482
    1998 Classico 205
    1997 Naxos 8 553574
    1996 Virgin 45129
    1994 BIS 167/168
    1993 Gasparo Records 268
    Victoria 19074