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date: 22 November 2019

Hamerik [Hammerich], Asger locked

  • John Bergsagel
  • , revised by Ruth B. Hilton
  •  and E. Douglas Bomberger


(b Frederiksborg, Denmark, April 8, 1843; d Frederiksborg, Denmark, July 13, 1923). American danish composer, conductor, and educator. He received help in composition from Niels Gade and Johan Peter Emilius Hartmann (1859–62) and studied piano and conducting with Hans Freiherr von Bülow in Berlin; in 1864 he moved to Paris, changed the spelling of his name to Hamerik, and became a pupil of Hector Berlioz. Performances of his music were well received, and his conducting abilities also attracted attention. After Berlioz’s death in 1869, Hamerik went first to Italy and then, early in 1871, to Baltimore to take up an appointment as director of the Peabody Conservatory. During his 27 years in that post he exerted an important influence on American musical life. W.S.B. Mathews included him in a short list of European immigrants “who represented the best culture of European musical circles, and who adapted themselves to America and American ideas without impairing their loyalty to artistic ideals, and who found in new environs invigorating inspirations.” As a conductor of the Peabody SO he was noted as an exponent of Scandinavian Romanticism. He composed many of his major works in the United States, and his five ...

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Dansk biografisk leksikon (Copenhagen, 1887-1905)