Danish composer, conductor, publisher and teacher Christian Frederik Emil Horneman was born in Copenhagen on 17 December 1840 into a highly musical family, and studied at the Leipzig Conservatory, where his teachers included Ignaz Moscheles.
He co-founded the Euterpe music institute to encourage new Danish music, and conducted the organisation's concerts. Later he co-founded Koncertforeningen, the Concert Association, and the Hornemans Konservatorium.
His best known works are the Gurre suite and the overture Aladdin (which he later expanded into a complete opera).
Horneman died in Copenhagen on 8 June 1906, aged sixty-five.
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