Schytte, Ludwig



Danish composer; born at Aarhus, Jutland, Denmark. Belongs to the newer Danish School, which includes Emil Hartmann, Paul Heise and August Enna. Schytte is prolific as a composer and has distinguished himself in the realm of chamber-music, opera, and song. He became a pupil of Anton Ree, then studied with Neupert, composition with Gade, at Copenhagen, and later went to Berlin, becoming a pupil of Taubert and of Liszt at Weimar in 1884. From 1887 to 1888 Schytte taught the advanced piano classes at the Horak's Institute at Vienna, and from 1899 was a concert pianist in that city, also teaching and composing. His works comprise romances; waltzes; etudes; preludes; and improvisations. The works by which he is best known are Hero, a one-act opera; the four-act comic opera, Fahrendes Volk; the burlesque operetta, Circus-Damen; a successful pantomime, Atelderspuck; a comic opera, Der Mameluck; and his numerous piano compositions, including concertos, characterstücke pantomimes for four hands, dances for four hands, a sonata, trips, quartets, and variations. Schytte's piano concerto in C sharp minor is said to be the most difficult in existence. He has also written Danish melodies, and Swedish songs. He has written a School of Modern Piano Virtuosity, technical studies for the highest degree of development.