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Nielsen's Symphonic Waves. Energetics, the Sinfonia Espansiva, and German Music Theory

The first published analysis of Carl Nielsen’s music appeared only in the final year of the composer’s life. Povl Hamburger’s article, ‘Formproblemet i vor tids musik med analyse af Carl Nielsen’s Sinfonia Espansiva (1 Sats)’ ( Dansk Musiktidsskrift 5/6 (May 1931)), was greeted sceptically by Nielsen himself. Nevertheless, Hamburger’s analysis suggests some interesting parallels with trends in con…