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Matthison-Hansen, (Johan) Gottfred

Torben Schousboe

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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[ Gottfried ]

(b Roskilde, Nov 1, 1832; d Copenhagen, Oct 14, 1909). Danish organist and composer . He was taught the piano by his father, Hans Matthison-Hansen, and from 1842 to 1845 by W.H. Barth, who also taught him music theory. He studied philosophy and law at the University of Copenhagen from 1850, but decided on a musical career in 1855, later studying at Leipzig (1862–3). Having taught himself to play the organ he gave his first recital at Malmö in 1856; three years later he was appointed organist at the Frederiks Kirke in Copenhagen, in 1871 at St John's and 1881 at the Trinitatis Kirke (succeeding A.P. Berggreen). A partisan of Wagner and Liszt, in 1864 he founded Euterpe, a short-lived society for the performance of contemporary music in Copenhagen, together with Grieg, Nordraak and C.F.E. Horneman. From 1867 he taught the organ and from 1884 also the piano at the Copenhagen Conservatory; from ...

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Subjects: Romantic Music

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