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date: 17 September 2019

Wandall, Tekla Griebellocked

  • Inge Bruland

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(b Randers, 1866; d Copenhagen, June 28, 1940). Danish composer. From the age of six she was taught the piano by her father, Theodor Griebel. In 1885 she decided to become an opera composer and prepared herself for the entrance examination at the Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium in Copenhagen, where she studied singing, the piano and music theory (1889–91). In 1896 she studied instrumentation with Felix Draeseke in Dresden. Thereafter her opportunities for composing became fairly restricted: after her mother’s death in 1891 she took over the household and when in 1902 she married the aging theologian Frederik Wandall, by whom she had a child, she had to support the family by giving music lessons. She acquired a benefactor in the music publisher Henrik Hennings, who published some of her music and, in 1894, arranged a performance of her opera Skøn Karen (as Schön Karin) in Breslau (now Wrocław). The opera was given at the Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen in ...

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