Personalities | Friedrich Kuhlau | Early Romantic | Classical

(Fre’-drikh Koo’-lau) 1786–1832
Danish composer and pianist

Kuhlau grew up in Germany, but when Napoleon invaded Hamburg in 1810 he fled to Copenhagen. He earned a living as a pianist and through various appointments (among them chamber court musician and chorus master), and to supplement his income he fulfilled the considerable demand for flute music, although not himself a flautist. His best-known works, however, are for the piano, inc­luding several sonatas, rondos, character pieces and sets of variations.

Recommended Recording:
Overtures, Danish National Radio SO (cond) Michael Schønwandt (Chandos)

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