Carl Nielsen: Saul and David
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10 works of classical music inspired by the Old Testament
6. Carl Nielsen: Saul and David
Saul og David by the Danish composer Nielsen tells the Biblical story of Saul's jealousy of the young David, taken from the Book of Samuel. The opera is one of Denmark's most important musical works for the theatre but it is difficult to stage as the really dramatic episodes are often separated by longer, less interesting sequences. The choral scenes are certainly among the opera's highlights.