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date: 20 August 2019

Hartmann [née Zinn], Emma Sophie Amalie [Palmer, Frederik]locked

  • Inge Bruland

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[Palmer, Frederik]

(b Copenhagen, Aug 22, 1807; d Copenhagen, March 6, 1851). Danish composer. She was the daughter of a wealthy merchant and musical amateur who held chamber music evenings in their home; on one of these occasions she met her future husband, J.P.E. Hartmann. They were married in 1829 and took up residence on the first floor of the Zinn home, where she bore ten children; she died in childbirth. She composed songs and in 1848 began publishing the first of several collections (22 songs in all) under the pseudonym Frederik Palmer, a name borrowed from Thomasine Gyllembourg’s story Extremerne. In 1907 her youngest son published a collection of her dances for piano in facsimile to mark her centenary; other songs and piano pieces remain in manuscript. Hans Christian Andersen gave eloquent testimony of her in Mit livs eventyr (1855).

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