Gade Sheet Music and Biography
Niels Gade was a Danish composer born on 22nd February 1817. Though he did not achieve the fame of Felix Mendelssohn or Robert Schumann, he is still regarded as one of the most important Danish musicians of his day.
Gade began his career as a violinist in the Royal Danish Orchestra. It was here that he premiered his concert overture Op. 1 – Efterklange af Ossian (Echos of Ossian) in 1841. The work received good reviews and The Copenhagen Musical Society awarded him a prize.
However, his first symphony in C minor, Op. 5 was rejected for performance in Copenhagen. He then sent it to Felix Mendelssohn who loved it. In 1843 Mendelssohn conducted the score in Leipzig where it received an enthusiastic reaction.
The Danish government fellowship then assisted Niels in his move to Leipzig where he worked at the Conservatory. When Mendelssohn died in 1847 Gade replaced him as chief conductor. Unfortunately, due to the war in 1848, he had to return to Copenhagen.
- His father was a cabinet maker who turned to making instruments. Niels began an apprenticeship with him but gave it up a year later to study composition.
- Gade founded the Romantic nationalist school in Danish music
- Niels wrote one violin concerto, eight symphonies, chamber music, piano and organ works, and several cantatas
- He taught Edvard Grieg and Carl Nielsen amongst many other Scandinavian composers
- 1852 he married Emma Sophie Amalie Hartmann, the daughter of composer J.P.E. Hartmann
- Niels died in Copenhagen on 21st December 1890
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