Skip to main content

Collection of Ebbe Hamerik scores

Identifier: PIMS-0095
Ebbe Hamerik was a conductor and composer who was the son of Asger Hamerik, director of the Peabody Conservatory from 1871 to 1898. This intentionally assembled collection contains facsimile scores of Ebbe Hamerik's music composed from approximately 1935 to 1950, including chamber music, songs, symphonies, and operas.


  • Approximately 1935-1950


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives of the Peabody Institute. Contact for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.


1.98 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Ebbe Hamerik was a Danish composer born in Copenhagen in 1898, the year his father, Asger Hamerik, returned to Denmark after serving as director of the Peabody Conservatory. Ebbe studied theory and orchestration privately with his father upon completing schooling in 1916. Shortly after, he was appointed kapelmester of the Royal Theater in Copenhagen and retained the position until 1922, when he left to continue studies abroad. He returned to Copenhagen in 1927 to serve as the conductor of the Music Society (Musikforening) until 1931. Hamerik conducted for the Danish RSO and Unge Tonekunstneres Orkester until he served in the Finnish Winter War in 1939. Upon his return, Hamerik wrote his first major operatic success, Marie Grubbe. Hamerik continued to serve as a guest conductor for the Danish RSO from 1939 until 1943, but shifted the focus of his attention from conducting to composition until his death in 1951.

Hamerik's output is notable for his five operas, five symphonies (all nicknamed "Cantus Firmus"), and a woodwind quintet.

(Adapted from local sources and Bergsagel, John, and Niels Martin Jensen. 2001. "Hamerik family." Grove Music Online. 22 Oct. 2018.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Ozalid facsimile scores of music composed by Ebbe Hamerik from approximately 1935 to 1950. Genres in the collection include chamber music, songs with piano accompaniment, orchestral music, and operas (comprising both piano reductions and orchestral scores).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was intentionally assembled by the Arthur Friedheim Library in December 2017 from a backlog of unprocessed donations.

Related Materials

A recording of Ebbe Hamerik's Wind Quintet (1942) is available from the Arthur Friedheim Library and can be located through the library catalog.

Processing Information

Processed by Tim Witbeck in 2018.

Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
1 E. Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore MD 21202 USA