Christoph Ernst F. Weyse

Biography

Born: March 5, 1774 in Altona, Germany   Died: October 8, 1842 in Copenhagen, Denmark  
A talented but conservative musician, C.E.F. Weyse was Copenhagen's cultural tastemaker through much of the first half of the nineteenth century. Though born near Hamburg, he spent his entire adult life in Denmark, never leaving after having been sent there to study with the director of Copenhagen's Kongelige Teater when he was 15. Weyse turned out to be talented at both the organ and piano -- he was particularly noted for his performances of Read more Mozart's concertos -- but it was as a composer of vocal music that he really made his mark.

Weyse's first employment was at Copenhagen churches: the Reformed Church from 1792, then moving to Copenhagen Cathedral in 1805. He was hired as an organist, but from this period and on he wrote a great many cantatas and other vocal works, solo and choral, for sacred and secular use. This is dignified, respectable music, more impressive to Danes of the early nineteenth century than to listeners in the post-Beethoven era.

Weyse, in fact, was appalled by Beethoven's revolutionary music, and maintained allegiance to the style common when he was coming of age, that of the Classical era. His seven symphonies, composed in the late 1790s, legitimately follow the model of Haydn. But the piano pieces he was writing at about the same time are throwbacks to an even earlier style, and his many theater works are noted more for their charm than their individuality; they lack the free spirit of much of the music of Weyse's contemporary in Danish music, Friedrich Kuhlau. Only after 1829, when piano virtuoso Ignaz Moscheles inspired him to return to keyboard writing, did Weyse venture into the Romantic style with several sets of bravura pieces (notably the opp. 51 and 60 etudes).

Piano virtuosity aside, it was Weyse's gentle melodic gift that endeared him to the Danes, and the publication after his death of a collection of art songs and singspiel excerpts secured his reputation in Denmark for several decades to come. Not that he had to wait for death to bring him prominence; Weyse became a professor at the University of Copenhagen in 1816, and three years later earned the position of court composer, generating works for the Kongelige Teater, just as had his first teacher in Copenhagen. His prominence in Danish musical life was rewarded with an honorary doctorate from the University of Copenhagen in 1842. Read less
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  • 1.
    The Golden Age Of Danish Partsongs
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 6220568 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Friedrich Kuhlau,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse,  Johan Peter E. Hartmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Hillier
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    Dromte Mig En Drom - Danske Sange / Michala Petri
    Label: Our Recordings   Catalog: 8226907 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Bent Fabricius-Bjerre,  Egil Harder,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse  ... 
    Performer:  Michala Petri
    Conductor:  Michael Bojesen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  DR VokalEnsemblet
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    Mezzo Moon / Pia Heise
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 720 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Alexander von Zemlinsky,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Pia Heise,  Roger Vignoles
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    Sa Tag Mit Hjerte
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 685 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Carl Nielsen,  Rued Langgaard,  Peter E. Lange-Müller  ... 
    Performer:  Tove Lonskov,  Tina Kiberg
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    After A Dream
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 710 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gordon Young,  Carl Nielsen,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse,  Waldemar Ahlen  ... 
    Performer:  Birgit Marcussen,  Carsten Svanberg,  Viggo Mangor
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    C.E.F. Weyse: The Key Masterpieces
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8226105 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
    Performer:  Bohumila Jedlickóva,  Mathias Hedegaard,  Thomas Trondhjem,  Marie Rorbech  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Schoenwandt,  Adám Fischer,  Ole Schmidt,  Giordano Bellincampi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tivoli Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Chamber Orchestra
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    Heise, Weyse And Lange-muller: Love Songs
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8225141 Release Date: 04/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter E. Lange-Müller,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse,  Peter Heise
    Performer:  Mathias Hedegaard,  Tove Lonskov
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    Christmas With Michala Petri
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98528 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Henrik Rung,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Andreas Peter Berggreen  ... 
    Performer:  Michala Petri
    Conductor:  Henrik Vagn Christensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish Radio Sinfonietta
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    Aksel Schiotz - Danish Tenor 1933-1946, Vol 1-10
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 451/60 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Birger Sjöberg,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Niels Gade,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse  ... 
    Performer:  Jytte Gorki Schmidt,  Aksel Schiotz,  Mogens Wöldike,  Herman D. Koppel  ... 
    Conductor:  Aage Juhl Thomsen,  Johan Hye-Knudsen,  Mogens Wöldike,  Egisto Tango
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Boys' Choir,  Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Orchestra Copenhagen  ... 
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    The Christmas Album - Holiday Melodies From Around The World, Recorded 1907-1967
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 63309 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  Albert Périlhou,  Franz Xaver Gruber,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Henry Silvern,  Charles Adams Prince,  Charles Gilibert,  Olive Fremstad  ... 
    Conductor:  Lehman Engel,  Alexander Fine,  Arild Edvin Sandvold,  John Finlay Williamson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Madrigal Singers,  Associated Glee Clubs of America,  Russian Art Choir  ... 
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    Music Inspired By Hans Christian Andersen's Fairytales
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 8226047 Release Date: 03/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Finn Hoffding,  Louis Glass,  Johan Peter E. Hartmann,  Poul Schierbeck  ... 
    Conductor:  Ole Schmidt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Odense Symphony Orchestra
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    The Complete Aksel Schiotz Recordings Vol 4
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 454 Release Date: 01/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Berté,  Peter E. Lange-Müller,  Johan Peter E. Hartmann,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse  ... 
    Performer:  Axel Boesen,  Sigurd Langberg,  Aksel Schiotz,  Karen Marie Lowert  ... 
    Conductor:  Aage Juhl Thomsen,  Johan Hye-Knudsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Orchestra Copenhagen
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    The Complete Aksel Schiotz Recordings Vol 5
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 455 Release Date: 01/18/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Birger Sjöberg,  Niels Gade,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse,  Carl Michael Bellman  ... 
    Performer:  Jytte Gorki Schmidt,  Aksel Schiotz,  Mogens Wöldike,  Folmer Jensen  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Copenhagen Boys' Choir
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    Danish Songs - Heise, Et Al / Gronlund, Lonskov
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90582 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Heise,  Finn Hoffding,  Aksel Agerby,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
    Performer:  Tove Lonskov,  Peter Grönlund
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    Edith Oldrup - Lyrical Soprano Of The Danish Royal Opera
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 504 Release Date: 09/27/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse,  Jean Baptiste Edouard Dupuy,  Peter Heise,  Aksel Agerby  ... 
    Performer:  Folmer Jensen
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    Weyse: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 7
    Label: Membran / Scandinavian Classics   Catalog: 220600 Release Date: 05/27/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
    Conductor:  Lars Ulrik Mortensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concerto Copenhagen
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    Tenna Kraft - The Danish Soprano Of The 20th Century
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 603 Release Date: 03/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse,  Henriette Rantzau,  Fini Henriques,  Peter E. Lange-Müller  ... 
    Performer:  Tenna Kraft,  Folmer Jensen,  Louis Jensen,  Vilhelm Herold
    Conductor:  Emil Reesen,  Johan Hye-Knudsen,  Egisto Tango
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Preben Torntoft Sings Nielsen, Handel, Weyse, Horneman, Etc
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 347 Release Date: 07/01/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carrie Jacobs-Bond,  Carl Nielsen,  Alonzo "Zo" Elliot,  Tommaso Giordani  ... 
    Performer:  Preben Torntoft,  Esther Vagning,  Hans Erik Knudsen
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    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2511 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Geoffrey Chaucer,  Gabriel Fauré,  John Cage,  Anonymous  ... 
    Performer:  Noel Lester,  Nancy Roldan,  Edward Crafts
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    Danish Christmas Psalms & Songs / Bo Holten, Musica Ficta
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553998 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bo Holten,  Andreas Peter Berggreen,  Morten Eskesen,  Carl Nielsen  ... 
    Conductor:  Bo Holten
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Ficta
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    The Danish Song Treasury / Rasmussen, Canzone Vocal Ensemble
    Label: Kontrapunkt   Catalog: 32130 Release Date: 06/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Poul Hamburger,  Peter E. Rasmussen,  Thomas Laub  ... 
    Conductor:  Frans Rasmussen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canzone Choir
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    Romantic Danish Overtures /  Knudsen, Royal Danish Orchestra
    Label: Sterling   Catalog: 1018 Release Date: 06/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse,  Friedrich Kuhlau,  Peter Heise,  Christian Emil Horneman  ... 
    Conductor:  Johan Hye-Knudsen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Danish Orchestra
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    Weyse: The Late Piano Works / Bohumila Jedlickova
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 9307 Release Date: 01/18/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse
    Performer:  Bohumila Jedlickóva
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    Flute Music Of The Danish Golden Age / Andreasen, Oland
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 553333 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Friedrich Kuhlau,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse,  Johannes F. Frohlich,  Johan Peter E. Hartmann
    Performer:  Henrick Wenzel Andersen,  Anne Oland
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    Label: Swedish Society Discofil   Catalog: 1049 Release Date: 10/01/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Ture Rangström,  Gunnar de Frumerie,  Wilhelm Stenhammar  ... 
    Performer:  Nanette Nowels-Stenholm,  Solveig Faringer
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