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Christian Sinding

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Christian August Sinding (January 11, 1856–December 3, 1941) was a Norwegian composer.

He was born in Kongsberg and studied music first in Oslo before going to Germany, where he studied at the conservatory in Leipzig under Salomon Jadassohn. He lived in Germany for much of his life, but received regular grants from the Norwegian government. In 1920–21 he went to the United States of America to teach composition for a season at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. In 1924 he was given Henrik Wergeland’s Oslo home, “Grotten” (“The grotto”), as an honorary residence. He died in Oslo.

The large number of short, lyrical piano pieces and songs that Sinding wrote has led to many seeing him as the heir to his fellow countryman, Edvard Grieg, not so much in musical style but as a Norwegian composer with an international reputation. After his first piano sonata was premiered, a critic complained that it was “too Norwegian”. Sinding replied that the next one would be even more so. Sinding is best remembered today for one of his piano works, Frühlingsrauschen (Rustle of Spring, 1896). Among his other works — which are rarely performed, as Grieg overshadowed Sinding — are four symphonies, three violin concertos, a piano concerto, chamber music, and an opera, Der Heilige Berg (The Holy Mountain, 1914).

In 1941, eight weeks before his death, Sinding was entered into the Norwegian Nazi party, Nasjonal Samling. This largely explains his relative obscurity in Norway since - it was official practice for the national broadcasting monopoly after the war to boycott people seen as Nazi sympathisers.

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  • Elivener

    Rustle Of Spring is absolutely amazing!

    25 Mar 2011 Reply
  • yu00

    Incredibly underrated

    3 Mar 2011 Reply
  • KraeheK

    Yeah - if even bloody Pfitzner can be revived, what's so hard about this guy. I enjoy his style - a light kind of Romanticism, clearheaded and appealing.

    25 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Henkir

    Absolutely amazing. People seriously need to get over how he was a NS member and start enjoying his music again...

    20 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Krisena

    C-c-cantus doloris!!

    18 Apr 2009 Reply