(b Copenhagen, 29 March 1899; d Frederiksberg, 29 March 1997). Danish composer and teacher. After learning the violin, he studied composition and harmony with Knud Jeppesen (1918–21) and took courses in organ and music history; in 1921–2 he studied with Joseph Marx in Vienna. His long career as a teacher at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music (1931–69; director from 1954) made him one of the most influential figures in 20th-century Danish music. His own music has made less of an impact, though it has considerable power and a ready humour, expressed with consummate craftsmanship. His output includes four symphonies (1923, 1924, 1928, 1934) and four Symphonic Fantasies, of which the second, Det er ganske vist (‘It is Perfectly True’, 1940), is his best-known work. There is also much chamber and choral music, and music for use in schools.
From The Oxford Companion to Music in Oxford Reference.