Friedrich Kuhlau

Friedrich Daniel Rudolf Kuhlau (German; Danish sometimes Frederick Kulav) (11 September 1786 – 12 March 1832) was a Danish pianist and 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 Kuhlau was a prolific composer, as evidenced by the fact that although his house burned down, destroying all of his unpublished manuscripts, he still left a legacy of more than 200 published works in most genres.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 11, 1786 (Uelzen), Died March 12, 1832 (Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1916 - 1925

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Recordings

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  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Kuhlau, Friedrich," accessed May 30, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103321.

Kuhlau, Friedrich. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 30, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103321.

"Kuhlau, Friedrich." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 30 May 2024.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/103321

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