Friedrich Kuhlau

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Legal name: Friedrich Daniel Rudolph Kuhlau


Friedrich Daniel Rudolf Kuhlau (German; Danish sometimes Frederick Kulav) (11 September 1786 – 12 March 1832) was a German-born Danish composer during the Classical and Romantic periods. He was a central figure of the Danish Golden Age and is immortalized in Danish cultural history through his music for Elves' Hill, the first true work of Danish National Romanticism and a concealed tribute to the absolute monarchy. To this day it is his version of this melody which is the definitive arrangement.

During his lifetime, Kuhlau was known primarily as a concert pianist and composer of Danish opera, but was responsible for introducing many of Beethoven's works, which he greatly admired, to Copenhagen audiences. Considering that his house burned down destroying all of his unpublished manuscripts, he was a prolific composer leaving more than 200 published works in most genres.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Kuhlau Flute Quintets Op. 51 Nos. 1-3 (Julliard String Quartet, Jean Pierre Rampal) Friedrich Kuhlau 1
1995 Flute Quintets Nos. 1-3, Op. 51 (flute: Eyvind Rafn, violin: Kim Sjøgren, violas: Bjarne Boye Rasmussen & Georg Svendsen Andersen, cello: Lars Holm Johansen) Friedrich Kuhlau 1
1995 String Quartet, op. 122 / Piano Quartet, op. 108 Friedrich Kuhlau; eSBé Streichquartett, Andreas Meyer-Hermann 1
1998 Overtures Kuhlau; Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Michael Schønwandt 1
2002 Sonatas for Flute and Piano, Op. 83 (flute: Uwe Grodd, piano: Matteo Napoli) Friedrich Kuhlau 1
2007 Piano Sonatas, op. 59 / Piano Sonatinas, op. 20 Kuhlau; Jenő Jandó 1
2008 Piano Sonatinas, opp. 55 and 88 Kuhlau; Jenő Jandó 1

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