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Matthison-Hansen, (Johan) Gottfred

Matthison-Hansen, (Johan) Gottfred

Matthison-Hansen, (Johan) Gottfred , Danish organist and composer, son of Hans Matthison-Hansen; b. Roskilde, Nov. 1, 1832; d. Copenhagen, Oct. 14, 1909. He studied piano with his father, and later took lessons in piano and theory with W.H. Barth; then enrolled at the Univ. of Copenhagen as a law student. Although mainly self-taught, he trained himself so as to hold church positions as an organist at the Fredericks Church (1859), St. John’s (1871), and the Trinity Church (1881) in Copenhagen; also made tours in organ recitals in Denmark and Germany. In 1867 he began teaching organ at the Copenhagen Cons., and in 1884 he also assumed the position of piano teacher there. He composed a number of works for organ which he included in his recitals. In addition to the Classical repertoire, he championed the Romantic works of the time.

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