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Carl Nielsen, Quartet for two Violins, Viola, and Cello, Op. 5. A Glance into the Composer’s Workshop

The first part of this article describes the compositional process in Nielsen’s String Quartet Op. 5, on the basis of an examination of the sketches, additions and deletions found in the draft score. In the majority of cases the sketches are short and closely related to the musical material beside which they are notated. Close examination shows that Nielsen evidently had a sufficiency of ideas but…