Famous Danish Composers

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 1 Dieterich Buxtehude

Dieterich Buxtehude
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Famous As: Organist
Birthdate: June 24, 1637
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Helsingborg, Sweden
Died: May 9, 1707

While some scholars believe Dieterich Buxtehude was born in Denmark, others claim he was from Germany. The composer and organist was a significant figure of the Baroque period and had Johann Sebastian Bach as his student. As a church musician, he also composed for family events and festivals.

 2 Claus Norreen

Claus Norreen
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Famous As: Musician, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: June 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Charlottenlund

Claus Norreen is a Danish musician, record producer, and songwriter. He is best known for his association with the popular band Aqua. He released three albums with Aqua before leaving the band in 2016. Claus Norreen has also released a couple of singles and remixes.

 3 Carl Nielsen

Carl Nielsen
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: June 9, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nørre Lyndelse, Denmark
Died: October 3, 1931

Carl Nielsen was a Danish violinist, composer, and conductor. He is widely regarded as the most important Danish composer of all time. Nielsen also taught music at the Royal Academy and served as its director in 1931. Thanks to his teaching career, he has had considerable influence on Denmark's classical music. Among his pupils were Thorvald Aagaard and Harald Agersnap. 

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 4 Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen

Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen
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Famous As: Double bassist
Birthdate: May 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Osted, Zealand, Denmark
Died: April 19, 2005

 5 Ida Kristine Nielsen

Ida Kristine Nielsen
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Denmark

 6 Friedrich Kuhlau

Friedrich Kuhlau
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Famous As: Pianist
Birthdate: September 11, 1786
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Uelzen, Germany
Died: March 12, 1832

 7 Thomas Troelsen

Thomas Troelsen
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Famous As: Songwriter, Record producer, Composer
Birthdate: October 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Odense
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 8 Niels Gade

Niels Gade
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Famous As: Considered one of the most important Danish musicians of the 19th century.
Birthdate: February 22, 1817
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: December 21, 1890

 9 Tommy Seebach

Tommy Seebach
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 14, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 31, 2003

 10 Per Norgard

Per Norgard
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: July 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gentofte Municipality, Denmark

 11 John Tchicai

John Tchicai
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: April 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: October 8, 2012

 12 Vagn Holmboe

Vagn Holmboe
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Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: December 20, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Horsens, Denmark
Died: September 1, 1996

 13 William Heinesen

William Heinesen
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 15, 1900
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tórshavn, Faroe Islands
Died: March 12, 1991

William Heinesen was a poet, novel writer, and short story writer from the Faroe Islands. His writing primarily focuses on the existential struggle of man to take sides. He wrote mainly in Danish but his spoken language was Faroese. He wrote several plays, novels, and short stories and was awarded the Danish literary prize Holberg Medal in 1960.