C F E Horneman composer 1840-1906

C F E Horneman composer 1840-1906 composer 1840-1906

C F E Horneman composer 1840-1906, Christian Frederik Emil Horneman, born December 17, 1840 in Copenhagen, died there June 8, 1906, was a Danish composer and conductor. He was the son of Emil Horneman. 

C F E Horneman composer 1840-1906

C F E Horneman composer 1840-1906 composer, 1840-1906 (December 17, 1840 in Copenhagen – June 8, 1906) was a Danish composer, conductor, music publisher, and teacher.
C F E Horneman composer 1840-1906 was a student of Ignaz Moscheles, Ernst Richter, Moritz Hauptmann and others at the Leipzig Conservatory, opened a music store in Copenhagen, founded with others the music society Euterpe (1864), which he conducted, and in 1874 with Otto Malling ”Koncertforeningen” and in 1880 a music institute and in 1888 received the title of professor.

C F E Horneman composer 1840-1906, son of the composer Emil Horneman, studied at the Leipzig Conservatory with Ignaz Moscheles, Ernst Friedrich Richter, Moritz Hauptmann, and Julius Rietz.

After C F E Horneman composer 1840-1906 return to Denmark he composed divertimenti and opera fantasies and began work on the opera Aladdin, the composition of which occupied him for more than twenty years. The overture, completed in 1864, is Horneman’s best known work, along with the four-movement suite drawn from incidental music for the Holger Drachmann drama Gurre (also the basis for Arnold Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder).

C F E Horneman composer 1840-1906 together with Gottfred Matthison-Hansen, Edvard Grieg, and others he founded in 1865 the music institute Euterpe to encourage newer Danish music. This was in reaction to the Music Society (Musikforeningen), which was controlled by Niels Wilhelm Gade and JPE Hartmann and was regarded by the younger composers as too conservative. Horneman conducted the organization’s concerts.

During a trip to Germany in 1867 he wrote his Ouverture héroïque and led a performance of his Aladdin Overture at the Leipzig Gewandhaus.

In 1874, after the dissolution of Euterpe, C.F.E. Horneman founded with Otto Malling the Koncertforeningen (Concert Association) and in 1879 the Copenhagen music conservatory that bore his name until its closing in 1920.

Partial list of works

Aladdin (first performed 19 Nov 1888)
Incidental music
Esther (H. Drachmann) (1889)
The Judge of Zalamea (P. Calderón) (1892)
The Barber of Seville (Beaumarchais) (1893)
King Hjarne Skjald (K. Gjellerup) (1893)
Gurre (Drachmann) (1901)
The Conversion of Harlekin (Rode) (1901)
Kalanus (Paludan-Müller) (1904)
The Fight against the Muses (Gjellerup) (1908–10)
Valfarten (Pilgrimage) for baritone and orchestra (1876)
Lyric Suite for solo voice, chorus, and orchestra (1878)
3 Uhland Songs for baritone, male choir, and orchestra (1889)
Cantata for the opening of Tivoli Concert Hall (1902)
Cantata for the centenary of J.P.E. Hartmann (1905)
Cantata for the death of King Christian IX (1906)
52 songs, 8 duets
Ouverture héroïque (1867)
String Quartet no. 1 in G minor (1859)
String Quartet no. 2 in D major (1861)
Fantasia for piano
Serenade for piano


The Danish composer Horneman was an impulsive and energetic type who invested equal amounts of energy in composition and organization of musical life. He had a great impact on Carl Nielsen and can be seen as a kind of bridge between the romantic music of the nineteenth century and the incipient modernism of the twentieth.
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C F E Horneman composer 1840-1906, Christian Frederik Emil Horneman opera Aladdin, gavs 1888 i Köpenhamn med Arvid Ödmann i titelrollen. C.F.E. Horneman komponerade vidare bland annat körverket Kalanus, musik till Holger Drachmanns Esther (1889), Pedro Calderón de la Barcas Dommeren i Zalamea, sånger och duetter. Horneman deltog som dirigent i andra nordiska musikfesten i Stockholm 1897.

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