Otto Malling

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Otto Malling

Otto Valdemar Malling (born June 1, 1848 in Copenhagen ; † October 5, 1915 there ) was a Danish organist and composer.


Malling was a student of Niels Wilhelm Gade and Johann Peter Emilius Hartmann and studied the organ with Gottfred Matthison-Hansen . In 1874 he founded the Koncertforeningen with Christian Horneman , which performed works by contemporary Danish and foreign composers. Until its dissolution in 1893, he alternated with Hartmann as a conductor.

From 1878 Malling worked as an organist, first at Sankt Petri Kirke , from 1891 at Helligåndskirken and from 1900 at Vor Frue Kirke . From 1885 he taught at the Copenhagen Conservatory . In recognition of his services to the implementation of the Nordic Music Festival in 1888, he was appointed professor in 1889. In 1899 he became director of the conservatory.

In addition to organ works, Malling composed orchestral and chamber music, piano pieces, choral works and songs. His compositions include a piano trio, a string octet and one of the few romantic Danish piano concertos. He also wrote the first Danish textbook on orchestration.

Malling's brother Jørgen Malling was also known as a composer.