Christian August Sinding (11
January 1856 – 3 December 1941) was a Norwegian composer. He
is known for his lyrical works for piano, such as
Frühlingsrauschen (Rustle of Spring, 1896). He was often
compared to Edvard Grieg and regarded as his successor.
He was born in Kongsberg as a son of mine superintendent
Matthias Wilhelm Sinding (1811–1860) and Cecilie Marie
Mejdell (1817–86). He was a brother of the painter Otto
Sinding and the sculptor Stephan Sinding. He was a nephew of
Nicolai Mejdell (1822–1899) and Thorvald Mejdell
(1824–1908), and through the former a first cousin of Glør
Thorvald Mejdell, who married Christian's sister Thora
Cathrine Sinding. Christian Sinding was also a first cousin
of Alfred Sinding-Larsen and the three siblings Ernst Anton
Henrik Sinding, Elisabeth Sinding and Gustav Adolf Sinding.
Through his brother Otto he was the uncle of painter Sigmund
1898 he married actress Augusta Gade, née Smith-Petersen
(1858–1936). She had been married to Fredrik Georg Gade for
seventeen years, and was a daughter of Morten Smith-Petersen
and maternal granddaughter of Jacob von der Lippe.
He studied music first in Christiania 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 1920–21 he went to the United States of
America to teach composition for a season at the Eastman
School of Music in Rochester, New York. In 1924 he was given
Henrik Wergeland's former home, "Grotten" ("The Grotto"), as
an honorary residence. He died in Oslo.
required from him piano and chamber music, which has 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. After his first
piano sonata was premiered, a critic complained that it was
"too Norwegian". Though Sinding is said to have replied that
the next one would be even more so, specifically Norwegian
folk-elements are not prominent in his richly contrapuntal
post-Wagnerian orchestral style.
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 appointed a
Commander of the Order of Vasa. In 1916, he became a
Commander, and in 1938, received the Grand Cross, of the
Order of St. Olav.
Eight weeks before his
death in 1941, Sinding joined the Norwegian Nazi party,
Nasjonal Samling. Because it was official practice for the
postwar national broadcasting monopoly to boycott people
seen as Nazi sympathisers, Sinding's reputation in Norway is
now relatively obscure. The circumstances surrounding the
composer's membership continue to raise controversy. Sinding
had made several remarks against the occupation, had fought
for the rights of Jewish musicians during the early 1930s,
was a close friend of Nordahl Grieg, and had suffered from
severe senile dementia since the late 1930s. The Nazis had
strong motivation to recruit Sinding, as he was tremendously
popular before the war – particularly in Norway and Germany,
and the party paid his fees.
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Christian Sinding - Rustle of Spring (Frühlingsrauschen)
Knut Erik Jensen, piano.
Gieseking plays Sinding "Rustle of Spring" (1951)
Sinding 'Rustle of Spring' -
Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Christian Sinding - Symphony No.3
in F-major, Op.121 (1919)