Helsted, Gustaf, Danish organist, teacher, and composer; b. Copenhagen, Jan. 30, 1857; d. there, March 1, 1924. He was a pupil of Hartmann and Gade. From 1892 he was a prof, of theory, and from 1904 also a prof, of organ, at the Copenhagen Cons. From 1915 he was organist of the Frauenkirche. He wrote 2 syms., a Decimet for Woodwinds and Strings, a String Sextet, 3 string quartets, a Piano Trio, 2 violin sonatas, and 2 cantatas: Gurresänge (Copenhagen, April 18, 1904) and Vort Land (Copenhagen, April 19, 1909).
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