Frederik/Henrik Rung (Ensemble) *


Father Henrik Rung (1807 – 1871) and the son Frederik Rung (1854 – 1914) were Danish musicians and composers.

Henrik Rung was born in Naestved, Denmark in 1807. In his youth he was bed ridden for quite a while. This became a period he conveniently spent developing and improving his guitar technique.

He was trained in music at the Royal Orchestra School, not on the guitar but on the double bass. People considered the guitar a gypsy’s instrument that was not acceptable for formal study. He was so successful that he acquired a scholarship to study abroad. In this way he got acquainted with choral music in Italy, particularly the music by Palestrina. This helped him with the start of his professional career at the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen. Being a choral music enthusiast, he founded the St. Caecilia Association (Cæciliaforeningen) with himself as a conductor.

He was not quite prolific for solo guitar, his repertoire includes 4 small opus numbers, his contribution to Albumsblade and a few isolated works. His fame was in Scandinavia mainly established by his choral compositions and songs. Yet his guitar opus numbers in particular bear witness of his great skill and virtuosity on the guitar.

Just like his father, Frederik Rung sought a career in music. He succeeded his father, both with the St. Caecilia Association and the Royal Theatre. His guitar pieces in Albumsblade form practically his only contribution to the solo guitar repertoire, he mainly composed works for choir and orchestra and opera music.

Henrik Rung played a conventional guitar from his time. His son, however, used a remarkable instrument, the harp guitar, that was much longer and had a support to position it on the ground.


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