The Danish composer, conductor, violinist, organist and teacher, Niels Wilhelm Gade, (1817 – 1890) was born into a musical family; his father was a cabinetmaker who turned to making musical instruments.
As his family was poor, Gade received no formal music schooling until he was 15.
Niels Gade is considered the most important Danish musician of his day. His orchestral music includes eight symphonies, a Violin Concerto, several concert overtures, and the evocative A Summer’s Day in the Country (five pieces for orchestra)
He also wrote some organ pieces, of which this is one.