PETER ARNOLD HEISE (1830 - 1879)
The Danish composer Peter Arnold Heise studied in his native Copenhagen and then in Leipzig, followed by lessons at home from Niels W. Gade. He served as an organist and as a teacher at the Academy in Sorø. Journeys to Rome and to Paris widened his cultural horizons, before his early death at the age of 49.
Heise excelled as a composer of songs, settings of poems drawn from a wide variety of sources; he was pre-eminent in Denmark in this genre. Tornerose (‘Sleeping Beauty’) takes a poem by Christian Richardt and Bergliot is a setting of Bjørnson, whom he had first met in Rome.