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A Patriotic Song and its Consequences: ‘Du danske Mand’ Through Hundred Years

From his starting point in the instrumental music of his native Funen, Nielsen aspired towards the world of great art music, placing himself in the continuation of the classical central European tradition. In the first decade of the new century, two of his songs became national treasures, landeplager – i.e. ‘all the rage’, or ‘hits’ as later generations would have called them. He composed the firs…