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Nielsen on the Boulevard: Modernism and the Harlequinesque in 'Cupid and the Poet'

Carl Nielsen’s music for Sophus Michaelis’ festival play Cupid and the Poet , written in 1930 for the 125th anniversary of H C Andersen’s birth, is one of his most immediately engaging but neglected late scores. The story of an old poet whose heart is pierced by Cupid, disguised as a bedraggled young boy, suggests an obviously autobiographical interpretation, which locates Carl Nielsen once more i…