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Gade, Niels Wilhelm

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Born: 1817 AD
Died: 1890 AD, at 73 years of age.

Nationality: Danish
Categories: Composers, Conductors, Musicians, Violinist

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1817 - Niels Wilhelm Gade, born on the 22nd of February in Copenhagen. He was a Danish composer, conductor, violinist, organist and teacher. He is considered the most important Danish musician of his day.

1841 - He began his career as a violinist with the Royal Danish Orchestra, and saw his concert overture Efterklange af Ossian ("Memories of Ossian") premiered.

1843 - When his first symphony was turned down for performance in Copenhagen, he sent it to Felix Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn received the work positively, and conducted it in Leipzig, March, to enthusiastic public reaction.

1846 - 1853 - Among his works are eight symphonies, a violin concerto, chamber music, organ and piano pieces and a number of large-scale cantatas, Comala and Elverskud amongst them, which he called koncertstykker ("concert pieces"). These products of Romantic nationalism are sometimes based on Danish folklore.

1848 - He was appointed to his position as chief conductor but was forced to return to Copenhagen in the spring when war broke out between Prussia and Denmark.

1850 - He also worked as an organist; though he lost the prestigious position of organist at Copenhagen Cathedral to Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann, he served in the Holmes Kirke in Copenhaden.

1890 - Died on the 21st of December in Copenhagen.



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