Niels W. Gade (1817-1890)

Niels W. Gade was a central figure in musical Romanticism in Denmark. From 1844 he was a teacher at the Leipzig Conservatorium and Mendelssohn's vice-conductor at the Gewandhauskonzerte. In 1847 he was appointed Mendelssohn's successor, but left Leipzig when the Danish-German war started in 1848 and settled in Copenhagen where he held a leading position in practically all fields of musical activity. He toured as guest conductor in Europe and from 1850 he was conductor of the Music Society. In 1858 he became organist at Holmens Church and from 1866 he was the director of the Royal Academy of Music in Copenhagen. In 1879 he become honorary doctor. His works include ballets, orchestral works (including eight symphonies and seven overtures), chamber music, organ and piano compositions, choral works and a number of important Danish songs.