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date: 17 August 2019

Liebmann [née Lehmann], Nanna Magdalenelocked

  • Inge Bruland


(b Copenhagen, Sept 27, 1849; d Copenhagen, May 11, 1935). Danish composer. Her father was a doctor and an ardent amateur musician. Of the family’s eight children Nanna was the only one who had a musical education, studying singing, the piano and music theory at the newly opened Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium (1869). Her teachers included the composers J.C. Gebauer, J.P.E. Hartmann and Niels Gade. She also studied in Paris, in 1880 and 1901. In 1874 she married the composer Axel Liebmann; he died two years later and Nanna Magdalene had to support herself and their child. Her compositions were written during the period 1869–1914, but she continued to work as a music teacher until 1929. Liebmann’s musical style is firmly rooted in the Classical and Romantic traditions, but also contains elements of modality. Through a combination of majestic grace and powerful emotion, the expressive qualities in her works have been compared to those of Brahms. She joined the Danish composers’ union, Dansk Komponistforening, at its founding in ...

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