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Peter Heise

Peter Heise (11 February 1830 – 12 September 1879) was a Danish composer, best known for the opera Drot og Marsk (King and Marshal).

Heise's parents tried to press him into becoming a lawyer, but he scored highly in music at school, so he changed direction. He began writing songs at the age of 19. As a young man he collected several hundred folk songs directly from ordinary people. He used these tunes in Tornerose (Sleeping Beauty) and Bergliot (A Danish historical romance). He studied under Niels Wilhelm Gade, who was a major influence on his style. From 1857 to 1865 he was a teacher and organist at Sorø Academy. He did a setting of Hans Christian Andersen's poem Jylland mellem tvende Have (Jutland between two seas) in 1860.

The opera Drot og Marsk tells the story of the murder of a medieval king, and contains some folk ballads. It shows a Wagnerian influence. His setting of the Shakespeare song When I was and a little tiny boy and Five Erotic songs are also in print. Many of his songs, usually for soprano and piano, concern dreams, folk-tales and the Middle Ages. Although his instrumental works are almost uniformly excellent, because of the tremendous popularity of his songs, they were overlooked. Among his chamber music works are 6 string quartets, a piano trio, a piano quintet, and a number of instrumental sonatas

His Piano Quintet in F Major, composed in 1869, was widely regarded as the best Danish piano quintet. Unfortunately, the work remained in manuscript for 140 years. However, in 2009, the world premiere edition of the parts to the Quintet was published by Edition Silvertrust. They have also reprinted his Cello Sonata (1867) and his Two Fantasy Pieces for Cello and Piano.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 11th, 1830 (Copenhagen), Died September 12th, 1879 (Lyngby-Taarbæk Municipality)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1906 - 1928

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-4100 10-in. 12/6/1906 Gold er den Jord Johannes Herskind Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-4101 10-in. 12/6/1906 Liden Karen Johannes Herskind Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-19026 10-in. 1/9/1917 Der var en Svend Axel Jorgensen Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-19453 10-in. 4/6/1917 Arme Hjerte! er du traet Mischa Léon Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-19920 10-in. 5/18/1917 Liden Karen Mischa Léon Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-19952 10-in. 5/24/1917 Arnes sang Inga Örner Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-19961 10-in. 5/29/1917 Vaagn of din slummer Mischa Léon Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-20277 10-in. 8/2/1917 Vaagn af din Slummer Carsten Woll Male vocal solo, with orchestra and piano composer  
Victor B-23542 10-in. 12/22/1919 Herre konge, bliv her! Poul Björnskjold Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-23876 10-in. 3/31/1920 Liden Karen Carl Struve Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BVE-43700 10-in. 4/4/1928 Dans, ropte felen St. Olaf Quartet Male vocal quartet, unaccompanied composer  
Victor [Trial 1915-09-16-06] Not documented 9/16/1915 Vaagn af din stummer Aage Wang-Holm Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia 39642 10-in. 11/27/1914 Liden Karen Inga Örner Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 39771 10-in. 1/13/1915 Örnen löfter med starke slag Per Biorn Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 39773 10-in. 1/13/1915 Bergmanden Per Biorn Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 45799 10-in. 6/21/1915 Husker du i most? Enrico Palmetto Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia 84441 10-in. approximately June 1918 Jylland mellem tvende have Poul Björnskjold Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Gramophone 446ah 10-in. Aug. 1910 Jylland mellem tvende have Herrekoret Bel Canto Male vocal chorus composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Heise, Peter," accessed October 26, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104623.

Heise, Peter. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104623.

"Heise, Peter." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104623

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