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Hans Christian Lumbye

May 2, 1810 - March 20, 1874
born in Copenhagen, Denmark, composed during the Romantic period
Routinely described as the Johann Strauss of Denmark, Hans Christian Lumbye was a celebrated composer and conductor of dance music and pieces for the theater. He deliberately modeled some elements of his career on that of Strauss, but ultimately he proved a bit more versatile than the Viennese master, performing major serious compositions by Danish and foreign composers.

As a child, he formally studied music in Randers and Odense, and by age 14 he was playing trumpet in a military band. In 1829 he joined the Horse Guards in Copenhagen, still continuing his music education. Ten years later he was impressed by a concert in Copenhagen by an Austrian band playing Lanner and Strauss, and within a year Lumbye had formed his own orchestra to perform similar music, billing the presentations as "Concerts à la Strauss." Like Strauss, he often played violin in front of his orchestra.

Lumbye established relationships with several theaters and pleasure-gardens, and devoted part of his time to composing for famed Danish choreographer August Bournonville at the Royal Theater. But Lumbye's greatest success began in 1843, when his orchestra opened the Tivoli Gardens; he remained music director there until 1872. Off season, he toured the Danish provinces and Europe and gained international repute as a rival to Strauss, but his fame has not held steady outside Denmark since his death. His music is periodically revived, especially on disc, and many of his 400 dance pieces prove to be well crafted and highly entertaining, if not as melodically memorable as the mature works of Johann Strauss II. Lumbye was the father of two musician sons, Carl (Christian) Lumbye (1841-1911) and Georg (August) Lumbye (1843-1922). ~ James Reel, Rovi
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Track List: Hans Christian Lumbye: Complete Orchestral Works, Vol. 10

1. Bouquet Royal, Galop: Bouquet Royal

2. El Capricho, Ballet (pas De Deux): El Capricho

3. Indiansk Krigsdans, Ballet (for Bournonville's Fjernt Fra Damark): Indiansk Krigsdans

4. Fiskerpigerne, Hornpipe Og Reel, Ballet (pas De Deux): Fiskerpigerne, Hornpipe Og Reel

5. Galop Militaire, Ballet (pas De Deux): Galop Militaire

6. Polketta, Pas De Deux Divertissement, Ballet: Polketta, Pas De Deux Divertissement

7. De Uimodståelige, Divertissement, Ballet: De Uimodstaelige

8. Polacca Guerriera, Ballet (pas De Deux): Polacca Guerriera

9. Hilsen Til Vore Venner (Salut Á Nos Amis), March: Hilsen Til Vore Venner

10. Luftens Datter, Suite For Orchestra: Luftens Datter

11. Bacchus-galop: Bacchus

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Track List: Lumbye: Complete Orchestral Works Vol. 6

1. Festive March Of 5th June: 5th Of June March

2. Little Prince Christian Carl's Waltz: Little Prince Christian Carl's Waltz

3. The Dream Of The Warrior: The Dream Of The Warrior

4. Regards To The Fredericians: Galop

5. Harvest Flower: Polka

6. Sadness Waltz: La Resignation

7. Echo From The Old Gods At Tivoli Island: Galop

8. Princess Thyra Polka: Polka

9. A Festive Night In Tivoli: A Festive Night At Tivoli

10. Senora Ysabel Cuba's Polka: Senora Ysabel Cuba's Polka

11. Pomona Waltz: Pomona Waltz

12. Tivoli Gondola Galop: Galop

13. Pepita Polka: Polka

14. Nordic Sworn Brother Galop: Galop

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Track List: Lumbye: Complete Orchestral Works Vol. 4

1. Christmas And New Year, Ball-Bouquet, Suite For Piano (or Orchestra): Happy New Year!, Galop

2. Adolphine, Polka (Hilsen Til Jydland) (1846): Adolphine Polka

3. March In C Major: March In C Major

4. Chrétien Polka: Christian Polka

5. Dagmar Waltz: Dagmar Waltz

6. Laura Polka: Laura Polka

7. My Farewell To Berlin (Mein Lebewohl An Berlin), Waltz: My Farewell To Berlin, Waltz

8. Constitution Celebration Galop (Grundlovs Fest Galop): Constitution Celebration Galop

9. Cora, Polka-mazurka: Cora Polka-mazurka

10. Alice Polka: Alice Polka

11. The Battle At Idsted (Slaget Ved Idsted), Fantasy For Orchestra: The Battle At Idsted, Fantasy

12. La Constance, Polka: La Constance, Polka

13. Helga Polka Mazurka For Orchestra (or Piano): Helga Polka-mazurka

14. Gratulations Galop (Congratulations Galop): Congratulations Galop

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