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date: 21 September 2020

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Rued Langgaard’s organ piece, Fantasy on “Queen Dagmar Lies Sick in Ribe,” was written in 1942 for a festal service in Ribe Cathedral in connection with the opening of a newly renovated archeological site of a medieval royal castle outside of Ribe where, according to popular traditions, the Danish queen Dagmar had died in 1212. Although Langgaard based his work on a traditional melody for a medieval ballad, his Fantasy does not use medieval compositional procedures, but rather uses the ballad to invoke the legend of Dagmar to give voice to a romantic and nationalist image of the Danish nation.

Keywords: Rued Langgaard, Fantasy on “Queen Dagmar Lies Sick in Ribe,” Queen Dagmar, Ninth Symphony, Thomas Laub, nationalism

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