Finn Høffding

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Niels Finn Høffding (born March 10, 1899 in Copenhagen , † March 29, 1997 ibid) was a Danish composer.

Høffding was a student of Knud Jeppesen and Thomas Laub as well as Joseph Marx in Vienna and Paul Hindemith . He taught music theory and composition at the Royal Conservatory for over forty years . Under the influence of the German youth music movement , he founded the Københavns Folkemusikskole with Jørgen Bentzon in 1931 . He later advocated formal academic training for aspiring music teachers. Vagn Holmboe and Per Nørgård were among his students .

In addition to numerous chamber music and choral works, Høffding composed four symphonies and four symphonic poems, including his main work The Arsenal of Springfield for soloists, choir, organ and orchestra based on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow , three operas and two fairy tale plays.

Stage works

  • Kejserens nye Klæder (The Emperor's New Clothes; own libretto after Hans Christian Andersen ), opera, 1926 premiered in Copenhagen in 1928
  • Kilderejsen (libretto by Vilhelm Andersen based on Ludvig Holberg ), Opera, 1931, premiered in Copenhagen in 1942
  • Pasteur (libretto with Otto Gelsted ), choir opera, 1935 premiered in Copenhagen in 1938
  • Slædefarten (The Sleigh Ride ; Libretto by Viggo Bredsdorff ), Märchen-Singspiel, 1946, premiered in Holbæk in 1946
  • Da solen blev forkølet (When the sun caught a cold; libretto by Arne Ungermann ), Märchenspiel, 1969


Web links


  1. The Danske Store, Dansk Composer Bases and Library of Congress give March 29th as the date of death, New Grove and MGG give March 3rd.

Individual evidence

  1. Martin Anderson: Obituary: Finn Hoffding. In: The Independent . May 9, 1997. Retrieved September 22, 2018 .