Jacob Gade

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Jacob Thune Hansen Gade (Vejle, Denmark, November 29, 1879 – February 20, 1963, Assens) was a Danish violinist and composer, mostly of orchestral popular music. He is remembered today for a single tune, the familiar Jalousie, also known as Jalousie 'Tango Tzigane' and Tango Jalousie.

Written to accompany the Silent era blockbuster Son of Zorro when Gade was leader of the orchestra of the Palads Cinema, the tango premiered on September 14, 1925, and was an instant international hit. When talkies were introduced it was featured in numerous films. The royalties allowed Gade to devote himself to composition full-time for the rest of his life. Arthur Fiedler made the first recording of the piece with the Boston Pops in 1935, further increasing Gade's income. The royalties now fund a foundation for young musicians.

As a symphony composer Gade did not fare as well. In an interview two years before his death, Fiedler recalled that Gade came especially to Boston to thank him for the recording. Gade also presented Fiedler with a score of a symphony which Fiedler recalled as "one of the worst pieces of music I ever looked at."

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 Quartango Quartango 1
1991 Classical Jukebox, Vol. II André Kostelanetz & His Orchestra 1
1997 Danske klassiske favoritter Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, Frans Rasmussen 1
2000 The Latin Album (feat. conductor: Kieth Lockhart) Boston Pops Orchestra 1
2003 Tangos Various Artists 1
Fiedler: Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
Nordic Salon Music Con Sordino 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Simply Ballroom, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1997 High Fidelity Reference CD No. 24 Various Artists 1
2001 Greats of the Gramophone, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2005 Nordiska Klassiska Favoriter Various Artists 1
2009 Classic FM: Brass Band Spectacular Various Artists 1
Klassisia suosikkisävelmiä 2 Various Artists 1
Simply Tango Various Artists 1
Soundtrack Forever Tango Various Artists 1
South Sea Various Artists 1
クラシック名曲小品集 Various Artists 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Cello Tango Eckart Runge & Jacques Ammon 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Suuri Tango konsertti Various Artists 1

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