H. C. Lumbye

Hans Christian Lumbye (Danish pronunciation: [lɔmˈpyː]; 2 May 1810 – 20 March 1874) was a Danish composer of waltzes, polkas, mazurkas and galops, among other things.

As a child, he studied music in Randers and Odense, and by age 14 he was playing the trumpet in a military band. In 1829, he joined the Horse Guards in Copenhagen, still continuing his music education. In 1839, he heard a Viennese orchestra play music by Johann Strauss I, after which he composed in the style of Strauss, eventually earning the nickname "The Strauss of the North". From 1843 to 1872, he served as the music director and in-house composer for Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen. Such was his popularity in the Danish capital that many Danes revered him and considered Johann Strauss II as the "Lumbye of the South".

Lumbye is best known for his light compositions, many of which evoke non-musical sources. The Champagne Galop, for example, begins with the "pop" of a champagne cork, and the Copenhagen Steam Railway Galop faithfully recreates the sounds of a train chugging out of a station and grinding to a halt at the next stop. He honored the Swedish Nightingale with a "Souvenir de Jenny Lind, Vals" from 1845.

He was the father of two musician sons, Carl Christian (9 July 1841 - 10 August 1911) and Georg August (26 August 1843 - 1922), who took over his orchestra after his father's death. His grandson Georg Høeberg was an important Danish conductor at Det kongelige Teater.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1810 (Copenhagen), Died 1874 (Copenhagen)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1911 - 1925

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor C-12362 12-in. 9/12/1912 Dream pictures Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-13459 10-in. 6/19/1913 Valse Boston Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-14952 10-in. 6/11/1914 Krolls ballklänge waltzer Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor BVE-32999 10-in. 8/11/1925 Champagne galop International Band Band composer  
Victor BVE-33302 10-in. 8/11/1925 Drømmebilleder, 2 del International Concert Orchestra Orchestra, with zither solo composer  
Victor BVE-33303 10-in. 8/11/1925 Drømmebilleder, 1 del International Concert Orchestra Orchestra, with zither solo composer  
Columbia 38159 10-in. 7/26/1912 Traumbilder Prince's Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Columbia 58952 10-in. either 1917 or 1918 Champagne galop Danske Infanteri Band Band composer  
Columbia 84431 10-in. June 1918 Du spörger, min dreng Poul Björnskjold Male vocal solo, with organ composer  
Lindström 13543 10-in. Apr. 1911 Champagnegalop Friedrich Kark ; Fritz Lachtin Glockenspiel solo, with orchestra composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Lumbye, H. C.," accessed December 5, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104374.

Lumbye, H. C.. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 5, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104374.

"Lumbye, H. C.." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 5 December 2022.

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