1840-1905
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August 12, 1840, Copenhagen, Denmark.

February 19, 1905.

Viggo’s father, John Christian Kalhauge, was organist at the Vartov Church in Copenhagen. His grandfather, Niels Kalhauge, played the organ at Frederikskirken in Skåde Sogn, and the Holy Spirit Church in Copenhagen.

Viggo began to compose as a boy, and studied under Peter Heise and Johann Christian Gebauer. One of his hymns, Urolige hjerte, written at age 16, was still in the Danish psalter more than a century after his death.

In 1868, he received a grant from the Ancker Legacy and traveled around Europe to study music. The same year, he wrote an operetta, Zouavens Hjemkomst, which was recorded at the Casino Theater. Later, he produced two other stage works in the same genre, On Warfod (1880) and Mantillen (1889). His other work includes overtures, chants, librettos based on Robert Burns and Christian Richardt, piano pieces and a string quartet.

In 1872 Kalhauge succeeded his father as organist at Vartov Church, a post he held until his death.

In 1876 Kalhauge published a collection of 4-voice arrangements of tunes from Grundtvig’s Kirkesalmebog. Until 1907 it appeared in many editions. Kalhauge also edited several song books for children and adults.

  1. Viggo

Kalhauge’s place of death or burial