Personalities | Niels Gade | Late Romantic | Classical

(Nels Ga’-de) 1817–90
Danish composer

In Copenhagen, Gade, a pioneer of the modern Scandinavian school, was violinist in the Royal Orchestra where many of his earliest works were performed, including the prize-winning tone-poem Ossian (1841). His masterly Symphony in C minor (1843) was first given in Leipzig by Mendelssohn. The following year, Gade assisted Mendelssohn as conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, succeeding him when he died in 1847. In 1848, at the start of the German-Danish war, Gade returned to Copenhagen and was influential as a conductor and as co-founder of the Conservatory.

Recommended Recording:
Elverskud, op. 30, soloists, Tivoli Chorus and SO (dir) Michael Schønwandt (Dacapo)

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