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Carl Nielsen's Cultural Self-Education. His Early Engagement with Fine Art and Ideas and the Path towards 'Hymnis Amoris'

In this paper Colin Roth examines the documentary record for insights into the composer’s developing enthusiasm for fine art in his early years, and considers their implications for our understanding of his music-compositional process and creative path. He looks back to the emergence of a strong and persistent interaction with French cultural values and aesthetics in ‘the Golden Age’ and traces th…