Berggreen, Andreas Peter


Danish organist, teacher and composer. His parents intended that he follow law as a profession, but he maintained an early fondness for music and devoted himself to this art. He was born at Copenhagen, and began composing, when very young. His opera, The Picture and the Bust, was produced in 1832. Berggreen's most valued works are his volumes of national songs, songs for use in school, and his church music. A collection of Psalm Tunes was published in 1853, which subsequently was adopted by the churches throughout Denmark. In 1838 he was appointed organist of Trinity Church, in 1843 professor of vocal music at the Metropolitan School, and in 1859 inspector of public schools. Previous to the last appointment  he had established a musical association for working people.