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Halfdan Kjerulf

Biography

Born: September 17, 1815; Christiania, Norway   Died: August 11, 1868; Christiania, Norway  
Halfdan Kjerulf was a late bloomer; music education was primitive in his hometown of Christiania (now Oslo) when he was a child, so he prepared for a career in law. In 1839, however, well into his twenties, he suffered a serious illness, went to Paris to recuperate the next year, and finally had access to an abundant musical culture. Shortly after Kjerulf's return to Norway late in 1840, his father and two siblings died, so he supported his Read more family by abandoning his legal studies to take work as a journalist. But he was also composing during this period, and the autumn of 1841 saw the publication of his first works, a set of songs. He studied music theory in his spare time, and in 1845 began conducting a male students' choir and a male vocal quartet. Not until 1848 did he begin taking formal lessons in composition; his teacher, Carl Arnold, helped him win a travel grant to study in Copenhagen (with Niels Gade) and then in Leipzig. Back home in 1851 he set himself up as a full-time piano teacher, and began writing a great deal of music in small forms. His compositions earned him a medal from King Carl XV in 1863 and membership in the Swedish Royal Academy of Music two years later.

As a song composer, Kjerulf found inspiration in the works of Schubert and Schumann, but also, significantly, in Norwegian folk music, mainly in his settings of Norwegian texts. He also wrote about 40 works for male chorus (stemming from his conducting work with such groups), plus about 60 choral arrangments; the total still doesn't quite match his output of about 120 solo songs. His solo piano output includes character pieces and folk arrangements, both establishing a model for Edvard Grieg to follow and improve on. Kjerulf wrote a comic opera, but otherwise avoided music for large ensembles or in large forms (symphonies, quartets). Read less
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    Label: Emec (Editorial De Musica Espanola)   Catalog: 58 Release Date: 10/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Sylvia Schwartz,  Julio Muñoz,  Amalia Rodriguez
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    Sangare Till Gladje 2012
    Label: Nosag Records   Catalog: 203 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Grandert,  Paul Simon,  Edvard Grieg,  John Newton  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Lindkvist,  Stefan Lindgren,  Torbjörn Pettersson,  Andre Baraula  ... 
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    Roses & Love - Inspired By Norway / Wold, Tonder, Asti, Lund
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1029 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henrik Rung,  Frederik Rung,  Peter E. Lange-Müller,  Halfdan Kjerulf  ... 
    Performer:  Per Andreas Tonder,  Helene Wold,  Eugene Asti,  Vegard Lund
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    Til Eva - A Tribute To Eva Sars Nansen
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1238 Release Date: 07/20/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Halfdan Kjerulf,  Agathe Backer Grondahl,  Rikard Nordraak
    Performer:  Christian Ihle Hadland,  Isa Katharina Gericke
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    Enchantment Of Salon Music
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 949 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sebastián de Iradier,  Gerhard Winkler,  Halfdan Kjerulf,  Nikolai Sokolow
    Performer:  Teppo Koivisto
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kerava Quartet
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    Eva Knardahl - Great Norwegian Performers 1945-2000, Vol 2
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1831 Release Date: 07/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Sinding,  Halfdan Kjerulf,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Eva Knardahl
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Ivar Andrésen - The Early Recordings 1921-1926
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89238 Release Date: 09/25/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Adrian Dahl,  Richard Wagner,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Ivar Andrésen
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  • 8.
    Kjerulf: Complete Piano Works / Steen-Nokleberg
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1228 Release Date: 07/24/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Halfdan Kjerulf
    Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg
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  • 9.
    Scandinavian Masters - Sjogren, Kjerulf / Gerals Robbins
    Label: Genesis Records   Catalog: 115 Release Date: 08/18/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Sjögren,  Halfdan Kjerulf
    Performer:  Gerald Robbins
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    Nordic Romance - Songs For Male-voice Choir / Bohlin, Lund
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 206 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Nielsen,  Per-Gunnar Alldahl,  Sten Broman,  Johan August Söderman  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Sitar,  Lars Sjögren
    Conductor:  Folke Bohlin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lund University Male Choir
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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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