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Royal Danish Orchestra

The World’s Oldest Orchestral Institution

Founded more than five hundred and fifty years ago, the Royal Danish Orchestra is the world’s oldest orchestral institution. Starting out as a trumpeter corps, the institution is today an opera and symphony orchestra based at the Royal Opera in Copenhagen.
To date, more than a thousand musicians have been employed in the orchestra; through their stories, we learn the history of the Royal Danish Orchestra in short, independent sections centered on the musicians. The book is richly illustrated with a selection of the treasures of art inspired by the Royal Danish Orchestra, giving us a uniquely intimate and detailed portrait of the everyday life of the orchestra and its members.

276 pages | 230 color plates, 65 halftones | 9 1/2 x 10 3/8 | © 2016

Music: General Music

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Table of Contents

Publishers’ Foreword
Authors’ Foreword
1. Prologue
2. Sounding Symbols of Power: The Royal Trumpeter Corps 1
3. Live dangerously: The Royal Trumpeter Corps 2
4. Royal Singers: The Chapel Choir
5. Talented, Sensual and Lustful: Adrian Petit Coclico
6. A Motley Bunch: The Royal Instrumentalists
7. A Jealous Murder in Elsinore: Thomas Bull
8. The Royal Musicians on the Ceiling: Christian IV’s Court Music
9. A Star in Copenhagen: John Dowland
10. A Royal Event Organiser: Heinrich Schütz
11. A Busy Royal Music: ‘The Great Nuptial’
12. Royal Ingenuity: The ‘Inventions’
13. ‘Bande des Violons’: The French String Players
14. Lots of Wood: The Opera House on Fire
15. Lots of Bricks: The Opera House in Bredgade
16. Six Danish ‘Violons’: The French String Players
17. A Soap Opera: Scheibe, Scalabrini and Sarti
18. A Dynasty Is Founded: Johann Hartmann
19. A Royal Poseur: Hans Hinrich Zielche
20. The Orchestra Reformer: Johann Gottlieb Naumann
21. ‘An Institute Where Pupils Are to Be Trained’: The Royal Music’s Apprentice School
22. An Unusual Royal Master of Music: J.A.P. Schultz
23. Christiansborg Castle on Fire: The Loss of the Music Archive
24. The Widows’ Protector: J.A.P. Schultz
25. Holger the Dane or Holger the German: F.L.Ae. Kunzen
26. A Welcome to the Baton: Claus Schall
27. Member of the King’s Corps of Volunteers and Womaniser: Edouard du Puy
28. Praise of the Royal Music: Constanze Mozart in Copenhagen
29. A Golden Box with no Money: Carl Maria von Weber in Copenhagen
30. The Art of Renouncing: Keyper’s Brass Treatise
31. Fine Feathers Make Fine Birds: The Royal Music in Uniform
32. A Slap in the Face – and an Outing to the Blue Tower
33. More and more Sound: The Enlargement of The Royal Music
34. What Did They Play on? Instruments of The Royal Orchestra
35. What Do They Play on? The Two Strads
36. Where Did They Play?
37. The King’s Right-Hand Man: A.W. Hauch, Director of the Royal Orchestra
38. A Fine Interpreter: Fredrik Funck
39. A Completely Depraved Genius: Christian Fredrik Barth
40. A Banishment: Conrad Ludvig Keck
41. ‘A Good Danish Man’: Franz Glæser
42. A New Age: The State as Employer
43. Niels Petersen
44. The Royal Musician: Christopher Knudsen Mozart Petersen
45. The Royal Orchestra’s Composers in Residence: Bournonville’s Ballet Music
46. A Determined Royal Apprentice: Niels W. Gade
47. A Versatile Gentleman: H. S. Paulli
48. A Fresh, Mild Southern Wind: Franz Neruda
49. Chamber Music
50. The Leaders
51. When the Woollen Vests Were Torn: Johan Svendsen
52. The Orchestra’s Finest Chap: Anton Svendsen
53. A Dead Straight Parting of the Hair at the Back of the Head: Joachim Andersen
54. Sixteen Years in the Orchestra Pit: Carl Nielsen
55. Master of Miniatures: Fini Henriques
56. Adversity and Success: Georg Høeberg
57. A Pioneer: Anton Hansen
58. They Went Abroad
59. Private Initiatives: The Pension Fund
60. Profession and Social Gatherings: The Royal Orchestra’s Association
61. The Theatre’s Chapel Master: Johan Hye-Knudsen
62. Commotion in The Royal Orchestral: Cosper
63. Merely a Rib: Gunna Breuning-Storm
64. ‘With Brilliance and Rhythm’: Egisto Tango
65. A Royal Conductor: Fredrik IX
66. Are You Contradicting Your King? – Hans Fulling
67. The Patron Herbert von Karajan: Charity or Career Nursing?
68. The Royal Orchestra Travelling: Concerts Abroad
69. A Symphonic Visiting Card: The Royal Orchestra’s Concerts
70. With the King in the Studio: The Royal Orchestra on Records
71. ‘Aage’s Band’: The Royal Orchestra and Film Music
72. Ads
73. Solo Double Bass Player and Statician: Johan Poulsen
74. A Core of Steel: The Jargar Strings
75. Soviet Tripping: Michael Kramer
76. A Gift: The Royal Opera House
Honorary Members of The Royal Danish Orchestra
Chronological Register of All the Members of The Royal Danish Orchestra
A Selection of Chapel Masters Who Have Conducted The Royal Danish Orchestra for Operas and Ballets                since 1948
Select Bibliography
Index of Names

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