Saturday, November 22, 2008

Hans Christian Lumbye (1810 - 1874)

Hans Christian Lumbye (1810 – 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 was the father of two musician sons, Carl Christian (July 9, 1841 - August 10, 1911) and Georg August (August 26, 1843 - 1922), who took over his orchestra after his father's death.
Composer: Hans Christian Lumbye
Conductor: Gennady Rozhdestvensky
Performer: Christer Nilsson, Anton Kontra, Kim Sjøgren
Orchestra: Danmarks Radiosymfoniorkester
Chandos, April 25, 1994 DDD
Format: Flac 313 mb.


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