Christian Sinding

Piano four hands
Mixed chorus
Female chorus
by popularity


10 Stücke, Op.7615 Caprices, Op.442 Romances, Op.793 Elegische Stücke, Op.1063 Intermezzi, Op.1163 Klavierstücke, Op.1253 Stücke, Op.883 Stücke, Op.8931 Pieces for Pianoforte4 Balladen und Lieder, Op.1074 Balladen und Lieder, Op.1094 Gamle danske romanser, Op.394 Gedichte, Op.1014 Morceaux caractéristiques, Op.534 Morceaux de salon, Op.544 Morceaux, Op.434 Morceaux, Op.844 Sange, Op.474 Songar, Op.684 Stücke, Op.614 Stücke, Op.815 Compositions, Op.128a5 Etudes, Op.585 Klavierstücke, Op.1135 Klavierstücke, Op.975 Sange, Op.175 Sange, Op.195 Songar, Op.695 Stücke, Op.245 Stücke, Op.625 Tonbilder, Op.1036 Charakterstücke, Op.336 Charakterstücke, Op.346 Klavierstücke, Op.1156 Klavierstücke, Op.496 Lieder und Gesänge, Op.116 Sange, Op.186 Stücke, Op.316 Stücke, Op.326 Stücke, Op.666 Stücke, Op.746 Tekster af Holger Drachman, Op.87 Gedichte, Op.777 Gedichte, Op.857 Stücke, Op.257 Stücke, Op.868 Intermezzi, Op.658 Intermezzi, Op.728 Stücke, Op.71


Abendstimmung, Op.120Alte Weisen, Op.1Am spinett, Op.122


Bersøglis og Andre Viser, Op.38


Cantus doloris, Op.78


Danske viser og sange, Op.50Der Heilige Berg, Op.111Digte af Sangenes Bog, Op.13Duette, Op.41


Episodes chevaleresques, Op.35b


Fantaisies, Op.118Fatum, Op.94Fra vår til høst, Op.36


Galmandssange, Op.22


Heimsyn, Op.80


Jugendbilder, Op.110


Klavierstudien, Op.7


Lieder aus 'Des Knaben Wunderhorn', Op.15Lieder aus Winternächte, Op.26


Mannamaal, Op.67Mélodies mignonnes, Op.52


Nemt, frouwe, disen kranz, Op.57Nordische Ballade, Op.105


PerlerPiano Concerto, Op.6Piano Quintet, Op.5Piano Sonata, Op.91Piano Trio No.1, Op.23Piano Trio No.2, Op.64aPiano Trio No.3, Op.87


Ranker og Roser, Op.4Roland zu Bremen, Op.64bRomance, Op.100Romance, Op.30Romance, Op.9Rondo infinito, Op.42


Scènes de la vie, Op.51Serenade No.1, Op.56Serenade No.2, Op.92Sonate im alten Stil, Op.99Strengjeleik, Op.40String Quartet, Op.70Studien und Skizzen, Op.82Suite im alten Stil, Op.10Suite, Op.123Suite, Op.14Suite, Op.3Suite, Op.35aSylvelin og andre viser, Op.55Symphony No.1, Op.21Symphony No.2, Op.83Symphony No.3, Op.121Symphony No.4, Op.129Symra, Op.28Symra, Op.75


Til Molde, Op.16Tonar, Op.37


Valses, Op.59Variations, Op.2Violin Concerto No.1, Op.45Violin Concerto No.2, Op.60Violin Sonata No.1, Op.12Violin Sonata No.2, Op.27Violin Sonata No.3, Op.73
Christian August Sinding (11 January 1856 – 3 December 1941) was a Norwegian composer. He is best known for his lyrical work for piano, Frühlingsrauschen (Rustle of Spring, 1896). He was often compared to Edvard Grieg and regarded as his successor.
He was born at Kongsberg in Buskerud, Norway. His parents were mine superintendent Matthias Wilhelm Sinding (1811–1860) and Cecilie Marie Mejdell (1817–86). He was a brother of the painter Otto Sinding (1842–1909) and the sculptor Stephan Sinding (1846–1922). His sister Thora Cathrine Sinding (1850–1932) was married to jurist Glør Thorvald Mejdell (1851-1937).
Christian Sinding was a nephew of Nicolai Mejdell (1822–1899) and Thorvald Mejdell (1824–1908). He was also a first cousin of journalist and writer, Alfred Sinding-Larsen (1839–1911).
In November 1898 he married actress Augusta Gade, née Smith-Petersen (1858–1936). She was the daughter of Morten Smith-Petersen (1817–72) and Cathrine von der Lippe (1824-1890). She had previously been married to physician and art patron, Fredrik Georg Gade (1855–1933).
He studied music first in Christiania (now Oslo) before going to Germany, where he studied at the conservatory in Leipzig under Salomon Jadassohn and fell under the musical influences of Wagner and Liszt. He lived in Germany for much of his life, but received regular grants from the Norwegian government. In 1921–22 he went to the United States of America to teach composition for a season at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.
Sinding's publishers required from him piano and chamber music, which had broader sales than the symphonic works he preferred. His own instrument was the violin. 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. Sinding is best remembered today for one of his piano works, Frühlingsrauschen (Rustle of Spring, 1896). Among his other works are four symphonies, three violin concertos, a piano concerto, chamber music, songs and choral works to Norwegian texts, and an opera, Der Heilige Berg (The Holy Mountain, 1914).
Sinding was made a member of the Order of St. Olav in 1905 and Commander in 1916, and in 1938, received the Grand Cross. He appointed a Commander of the Order of Vasa and in 1905, he was made a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In 1924 he was granted the honor of lifetime residence at Henrik Wergeland's former home, Grotten in Oslo.
Sinding had suffered from severe senile dementia since the late 1930s. Eight weeks before his death in 1941, Sinding joined the Norwegian Nazi party, Nasjonal Samling. The Nazis had strong motivation to recruit Sinding, as he was tremendously popular before the war in both Norway and Germany. Following the liberation of Norway at the end of World War II, it was official practice for the national broadcasting system to boycott people seen as Nazi sympathisers. As a consequence, Sinding's post-war reputation in Norway became relatively obscure. The circumstances surrounding the composer's membership continue to raise controversy. Sinding had made several remarks against the Nazi occupation. He had fought for the rights of Jewish musicians during the early 1930s and was a close friend of Nordahl Grieg.
Letters by Christian Sinding held by the State Archives in Leipzig, company archives of the Music Publishing House C.F.Peters (Leipzig).