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Jacob Gade   (1879 - 1963)

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Jacob Gade's Tango Jalousy is the best known piece of music written by any Dane. As late as the 1970s someone on the planet played Tango Jalousy once every minute, only the Beatles' Yesterday could match its success. Jacob Gade (who was no relation of Niels W. Gade) began his career like many other Danish composers of his period as a country dance fiddler. He never had any formal training, but around the turn of the century was very successful as a bandleader and 'Stehgeiger' (standing lead violinist) at Copenhagen restaurants and theatres. His many light compositions, salon music ad well as revue songs, made him one of the most popular entertainment composers in the city. In 1921 he became leader of the big orchestra at the Palads Cinema in Copenhagen. It was as accompaniment to a silent film that he wrote his Tango Jalousy. When the silent film yielded place around 1931 to the 'talking' film with its own music, Jacob Gade ended his career as a performing musician. He moved back to the countryside, lived on the ample royalties from his entertainment music, and took the time to work with more ambitious orchestral pieces.

Live Dates

07/04/2010   JACOB GADE S/H - CD-release og stumfilmsklaver
Kom til vor lille Gade-fest i Literaturhaus med stumfilmsvisning akkompagneret af Gades oprindelige "Kino-musik" for klaver
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01/03/2013   Nordis

Jacob Gade: Waltzes, Tangos and Cinema Music
3/5 Stars

"Eine hübsche bunte Auswahl."
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17/05/2012   Allmusic.com

Jacob Gade: Waltzes, Tangos and Cinema Music
4/5 Stars

"Pianist Christian Westergaard keeps to the low-key essence of the music and is beautifully recorded by the generally high-quality Dacapo label."
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18/06/2010   Musicweb International

Jacob Gade: Waltzes, Tangos and Cinema Music
"Christian Westergaard is obviously a fine pianist and he really “feels” this music...The recording and notes are excellent."
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02/06/2010   ClassiCuß

Jacob Gade: Waltzes, Tangos and Cinema Music
"Wie schön, daß Dacapo eine Lanze bricht für einige unbekannte, vernachlässigte Kompositionen Jacob Gades!"
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17/03/2010   Kristeligt Dagblad

Jacob Gade: Waltzes, Tangos and Cinema Music
4 Stars

"Det er både en kulturhistorisk væsentlig udgivelse og en musikalsk fornøjelig rejse. Herligt opløftende."
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01/06/2009   Audiophile Audition

Jacob Gade: Jealousy - Suites, tangos and waltzes
5 Stars

"It’s unusual and most enjoyable to have lighter music such as this on surround SACD".
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Discography

Waltzes, Tangos and Cinema Music
Waltzes, Tangos and Cinema Music
Jacob Gade

CD 8.226057 (2010)

A cavalcade of well-wrought waltzes, tangos and 1920s "cinema music" by the composer of the world famous Tango Jalousie

Jealousy - Suites, tangos and waltzes
Jealousy - Suites, tangos and waltzes
Jacob Gade

SACD 6.220509 (2008)

The worldwide hit Tango Jalousie and many more of Jacob Gade’s festive orchestral pieces

Der er et yndigt land
Der er et yndigt land

CD 8.224141 (2000)

Danmark i lommeformat – de største klassiske hits og skønneste melodier


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