Hartmann, Emil


This talented composer was born in Copenhagen, where he studied with his father and also with his brotherin-law, Gade, a master in the art. He became an organist in 1861 and ten years later was appointed Court organist. His health failing, he retired in 1873 to Sollerod and devoted most of his time to composition. In 1891 he succeeded Gade as director of the Musical Society of Copenhagen. He is best known in Germany by his overture, Ein nordische Heerfahrt; the symphonic poem, Aus der Ritterzeit, and the symphony in E flat major. He wrote a violin and violoncello concerto; a cantata, Winter and Spring, and much chamber and piano music.