Jeppesen, Knud (Christian)
- John Bergsagel
(b Copenhagen, Aug 15, 1892; d Risskov, June 14, 1974). Danish musicologist and composer . Largely self-taught in music, he gained practical experience by working (under the name of Per Buch) as an opera conductor (1912–14) in Elbing and Liegnitz (now Legnica) until the outbreak of World War I obliged him to return to Denmark. He entered Copenhagen University to study musicology under Angul Hammerich (MA 1918) and became a pupil of Carl Nielsen and Thomas Laub, both of whom had a strong influence on his development as composer and scholar; he also took the organ diploma at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music (1916) and became organist of St Stephen’s (1917–32) and Holmens Kirke (1932–47), both in Copenhagen. Encouraged by Nielsen he attempted to establish himself as a composer but after a concert of his own works proved unsuccessful (...