Matthison-Hansen (originally, Matthias Hansen), Hans

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Matthison-Hansen (originally, Matthias Hansen), Hans

Matthison-Hansen (originally, Matthias Hansen ), Hans , esteemed Danish organist and composer, father of (Johan) Gottfred Matthison-Hansen; b. Adelby, near Flensburg, Feb. 6, 1807; d. Roskilde, Jan. 7, 1890. He learned to play the violin, viola, and cello at the Copenhagen Academy of Art, then took general music courses with C.E.F. Weyse. In 1832 he was appointed organist of Roskilde Cathedral, a position he retained until his death. He gave solo recitals in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Germany (1861–62); visited London in 1864. He wrote a Sym. (1848), 2 oratorios, 2 Easter cantatas, and numerous organ works. His surname was legally changed in 1859.

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