Hamerik (real name, Hammerich), Ebbe

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Hamerik (real name, Hammerich), Ebbe

Hamerik (real name, Hammerich), Ebbe, Danish conductor and composer, son of Asger Hamerik and nephew of Angul Hammerich; b. Copenhagen, Sept. 5, 1898; d. there (drowned in the Kattegat), Aug. 11, 1951. He studied with his father and with Frank van der Stucken. He was active mainly as a conductor. He held the post of 2nd conductor at the Royal Danish Theater in Copenhagen (1919–22) and conductor of the Copenhagen music society (1927–31) and the State Radio Sym. Orch.


dramatic: Opera: Stepan (Mainz, Nov. 30, 1924); Leonardo da Vinci (Antwerp, March 28, 1939); Marie Grubbe (Copenhagen, May 17, 1940); Rejsekammeraten, after Andersen (Copenhagen, Jan. 5, 1946); Drmmerne (posthumous; Århus, Sept. 9, 1974). ORCH.: 5 syms., Ur cantus firmus I-V (1937; 1947; 1947-48; 1949; 1949). CHAMBER: Wind Quintet (1942); 2 string quartets (1917, 1917); piano pieces. VOCAL: Songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire