Friedrich Kuhlau

Friedrich Daniel Rudolf Kuhlau (German; Danish sometimes Frederick Kulav) (11 September 1786 – 12 March 1832) was a Danish composer during the late Classical and early Romantic periods. He was a central figure of the Danish Golden Age and is immortalized in Danish cultural history through his music for Elves' Hill, the first true work of Danish National Romanticism and a concealed tribute to the absolute monarchy. To this day it is his version of this melody which is the definitive arrangement.

During his lifetime, Kuhlau was known primarily as a concert pianist and composer of Danish opera, but was responsible for introducing many of Beethoven's works, which he greatly admired, to Copenhagen audiences. Kuhlau was a prolific composer, as evidenced by the fact that although his house burned down, destroying all of his unpublished manuscripts, he still left a legacy of more than 200 published works in most genres.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 11th, 1786 (Uelzen), Died March 12th, 1832 (Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1925

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-33211 12-in. 8/7/1925 Elverhøj ouverture, 1 del Victor Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor CVE-33212 12-in. 8/7/1925 Elverhøj ouverture, 2 del Victor Symphony Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Edison 4611 10-in. 3/28/1916 National sangen af Denmark New York Military Band Band composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kuhlau, Friedrich," accessed October 21, 2020,

Kuhlau, Friedrich. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 21, 2020, from

"Kuhlau, Friedrich." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 21 October 2020.

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