Niels Gade

Niels Gade (1817-1890)

Nationality: Danish
Born: February 22, 1817, Copenhagen Died: December 21, 1890, Copenhagen (age 73)

Piano Trio in F major, Op. 42

(for violin, cello and piano)
8:11 I. Allegro animato
3:32 II. Allegro molto vivace
2:46 III. Andantino
6:09 IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
Duration: 20 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1853 (age 35-36)
2 recordings, 8 videos
autoopen autoplay
9:05
Danish Piano Trio
I. Allegro animato
3:34
Danish Piano Trio
II. Allegro molto vivace
3:15
Danish Piano Trio
III. Andantino
6:09
Danish Piano Trio
IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
6:47
Göbel-Trio Berlin
I. Allegro animato
3:57
Göbel-Trio Berlin
II. Allegro molto vivace
2:26
Göbel-Trio Berlin
III. Andantino
6:05
Göbel-Trio Berlin
IV. Finale. Allegro con fuoco
From Edition Silvertrust

Niels GadeNiels Gade (1817-1890) was born in Copenhagen and began his career as a concert violinist, later taking a position with the Royal Danish Orchestra. Mendelssohn, who was much impressed by and premiered Gade’s First Symphony, invited him to teach at the famous Leipzig Conservatory. After Mendelssohn’s death in 1847, Gade was appointed director of the Conservatory and also conductor of the Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra. In 1848, he returned to Copenhagen the next year when war broke out between Prussia and Denmark. In Copenhagen, Gade became director of the Copenhagen Musical Society and established a new orchestra and chorus. He was widely regarded as Denmark's most important composer from the mid-Romantic period. He taught and influenced several Scandinavian composers, including Edvard Grieg, Carl Nielsen and Otto Malling. His own music often shows the influence of both Mendelssohn and Schumann.

Wilhelm Altmann, writing in his Handbook for Piano Trio Players has this to say about Gade’s Op.42 Trio: “Gade’s Piano Trio in F Major, Op.42 was published in 1864 and is his most substantial work for this combination. The trio begins with a fresh-sounding Allegro animato and is followed by an archetypical scherzo, Allegro molto vivace with a pleasing and elegant middle sections. The third movement is a short, but very fine Andantino. In truth, in might almost be considered a lengthy introduction for the finale, Allegro con fuoco, which makes a very effective conclusion.

Walter Wilson Cobbett, writing in his Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music notes that this work has always been much favored by amateurs and by performers seeking an effective concert piece which presents no real technical difficulties.

© Edition Silvertrust. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Related Composers

1900 WWI Niels Gade (1817-1890) Woldemar Bargiel (1828-1897) Elfrida Andrée (1841-1929) Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) Gustav Helsted (1857-1924) Laura Valborg Aulin (1860-1928) Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
Gustav Helsted (1857-1924)
Student
Nationality: Danish
Born: January 30, 1857, Copenhagen Died: March 1, 1924, Copenhagen (age 67)
Carl Nielsen (1865-1931)
Student
Nationality: Danish
Born: June 9, 1865, Sortelung, Funen Died: October 3, 1931, Copenhagen (age 66)
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Student
Nationality: Norwegian
Born: January 15, 1843, Bergen Died: September 4, 1907, Bergen (age 64)
Woldemar Bargiel (1828-1897)
Student
Nationality: German
Born: October 3, 1828, Berlin Died: February 23, 1897, Berlin (age 68)
Laura Valborg Aulin (1860-1928)
Student
Nationality: Swedish
Born: January 9, 1860, Gävle Died: January 11, 1928, Örebro (age 68)
Elfrida Andrée (1841-1929)
Student
Nationality: Swedish
Born: February 19, 1841, Visby Died: January 11, 1929, Göteborg (age 87)