HCA NEWS Tracing Andersen

Odense Symphony Orchestra are planning a major European tour in the musical steps of Hans Christian Andersen.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 14 July 2003

On his 30 travels abroad, Hans Christian Andersen visited cities such as Leipzig, London, Vienna, Paris, Naples, Amsterdam, Rome, Dresden, Bordeaux, Barcelona, Zurich, Munich and Weimar.

He was a great music lover, and during his travels he met several of Europe's leading composers, such as Mendelssohn, Schumann, Liszt and Wagner.

The Odense Symphony Orchestra has scheduled a European tour Tracing Andersen during the 2005 bicentennial year that follows in Andersen's footsteps. The idea is to select 4-6 of the cities where his musical experiences within symphonic music were the greatest and to stage concerts featuring music from the time of Andersen's visits in the mid-19th century.

"Cooperation with the H.C. Andersen 2005 Foundation provides a unique opportunity to travel the world and through symphonic music broaden the awareness of Hans Christian Andersen and his relationship to European music," says orchestral leader of the Odense Symphony Orchestra, Per Holst.