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date: 12 May 2021

Dalberg, Nancylocked

  • Inge Bruland


(b Bødstrup, nr Slagelse, July 6, 1881; d Copenhagen, Sept 28, 1949). Danish composer. Brought up in a wealthy middle-class home, she first wanted to become a pianist but had to give it up because of an arm disease. From 1909 she studied music theory and composition with Johan Svendsen, and from 1913 with Carl Nielsen whom she assisted in orchestrating and copying some of his compositions. In 1918 she gave a composition evening at which Nielsen conducted three of her symphonic works, among them a three-movement symphony in C♯ minor; she later withdrew the first movement of this work and the To orkesterstykker remained. Besides instrumental music she wrote a large number of songs to texts by Selma Lagerlöf, Johannes Jørgensen and Martin Andersen Nexø. Her chamber music in particular was of a high standard; it was often performed, both in Denmark and abroad. (G. Holmen: ‘Hilda Sehested og Nancy Dalberg: to danske komponister’, ...

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