She was the first Danish woman composer to write a symphony. It was premiered to critical acclaim although it was noted with surprise and perhaps a touch of condescension that Dalberg was a woman. The two strongest influences that can be heard in her music are those of Svendsen and Nielsen although she writes entirely with her own voice. Her chamber music has received the most attention and one of her three string quartets, her Second String Quartet in G minor, Op.14 has entered the repertoire of many Scandinavian ensembles and was recorded on a Dacapo CD in 1999. (Dacapo 8.224138)The parts and score to this work were republished by Edition Silvertrust in June 2007. Writing of Dalberg's String Quartet No.2 in Walter Willson Cobbett's Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music, Wilhelm Altmann, one of the most respected chamber music critics, states: “Nancy Dalberg published this work without giving her forename, and, had I not learned by chance that it was composed by a woman, considering also the austerity and native strength of her music, it would never have occurred to me that it was a woman speaking to us.
Her mastery of the technique of composition is remarkable, and she has something definite to say.” Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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