Classical folk music
Season 2023/2024
Folk music in the Classical

In classical music, composers have always been inspired by folk music. Themes and melodies from folk songs are interpreted by composers, special folk dances and rhythms form the basis of much classical music and inspiration from all over the world has been used extensively by the classical composers throughout the history of music.

Danish Chamber Players' chamber music program shows how Grieg continued to fantasize about the folk melodies, we start with Carl Nielsen, who wanted to write new songs for the people and continue from the Nordics towards the Slavic, where Bartok in particular became known for his collections of folk songs. Our journey through folk tunes with a more or less national romantic character ends in Germany with Brahms with stimulating gypsy rhythms.

The ensemble's musicians introduce the music along the way.


"Music without copyright"
by Danish Chamber Players' new program consultant Rie Koch
All great artists need inspiration. An old quote says: A good artist borrows – a great artist steals! For centuries, the classical composers have had their fingers in a special source, bursting with ideas, rhythms, melodies and harmonies, and from which the composers have drunk without the risk of a hangover and million-dollar lawsuits, which otherwise spreads in certain parts of the music industry, when it comes to inspiration, plagiarism and copyright.

This source of free play and inspiration is folk music, where a simple melody, a beautiful harmony or an inciting rhythm has moved freely through the generations. Music with special characteristics and traditions that tells stories about great feelings, a people, a region, a country in a simple and authentic way. Folk music has given the classical composers' works edge, soul, color and recognisability, or awakened a people's pride.

The classical composers have not feared plagiarism but, on the contrary, benefited from folk music as both inspiration and occasionally also a concrete starting point for works that have since become classics."


Common song: Carl Nielsen: Jens Vejmand

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) arr. Jakob Westh:
Troll train and Gangar from Lyrical pieces for piano

Hugo Alfven (1872-1960) arr. Erik Højsgaard:
Vallflickan's Dance

Asger Hamerik (1843-1923) arr. Mogens Andresen:
Folk song with variations
movement 2 from Nordic Suite No. 1 for orchestra

Bela Bartok (1881-1945) arr. Jakob Westh:
Romanian Folk Dances

- Break-

Rebecca Clarke (1886-1979):
Dumka (1941)

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) arr. Jakob Westh:
Slavic Dances No. 7

Gaspar Cassadó (1897-1966):
Suite for Solo Cello
movement 3 Intermezzo e danza finale

Scott Joplin (1868-1917) arr. Adam Morek:
The Fig Leaf Rag

Johannes Brahms (1833-97):
4 movements from the piano quartet no. 1 in G minor
Rondo alla Zingarese: Presto

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Practical information

Tender period:


17. April 2024


5 May 2024
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Approx. duration incl. possible break:

90 minutes

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