Heise, Peter (Arnold)

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Heise, Peter (Arnold)

Heise, Peter (Arnold), esteemed Danish composer; b. Copenhagen, Feb. 11, 1830; d. Stockkerup, Sept. 12, 1879. He studied music with Berggreen in Copenhagen and with Hauptmann at the Leipzig Cons. Returning to Denmark, he became a music teacher and organist at Sorö, where he remained until 1865. He then settled in Copenhagen. He composed 2 successful operas, Paschaens datier (The Pasha’s Daughter; Sept. 30, 1869) and Drot og marsk (King and Marshal; Sept. 25, 1878), as well as a Sym., chamber music, but it was in his many lieder to Danish texts that Heise achieved enduring fame.


G. Hetsch, P.H. (Copenhagen, 1926).

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire