Works for Mixed Choir
Niels W. Gade. Werks Volume IV/9
Niels Wilhelm Gade (1817–1890) Works
Edited by the Foundation for the Publication of the Works of Niels W. Gade, Copenhagen
Niels W. Gade is one of the leading Danish composers of the nineteenth century. However only about half of his prolific œuvre has appeared in print. Given this fact and the growing current interest in Gade, there is an urgent need for a scholarly-critical Urtext edition of his music to meet the demands of both scholars and performers.
This edition will contain all of Gade's completed compositions and separate movements as well as the arrangements he made of his own works and those of other composers. In general, the main text presents the “definitive” version based on Gade's personal copy of the printed work.
However, all the remaining sources have also been consulted for purposes of comparison. Every editorial decision is mentioned and justified in the critical report (English).
Gade's interest in choral music spanned his entire career. This volume presents more than 40 of his shorter works for mixed chorus, both without and with accompaniment (piano, organ, harmonium or, in one case, brass ensemble). They occupy a no less prominent place in his oeuvre than his large-scale choral works with orchestra. Written between 1839 and 1885, they were intended for many different areas of application: songs for school chorus stand alongside liturgical music, pièces d'occasion, chorales and freely composed works for amateur choirs. The best-known are his Five Songs (op. 13) on poems by Emmanuel Geibel and Ludwig Tieck and the motet O du, der du die Liebe bist, both composed in Leipzig in 1846.