An accomplished violinist and trumpeter, Lumbye established an orchestra, on the lines of those playing in Vienna at the time, and began giving concerts at Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen. Lumbye was a prolific composer of dance music and followed in the path of his earlier idols Strauss and Lanner. He also collaborated with Bournonville on ballet music, including the finale of Napoli. He is credited with over 700 dances and is the most well-known and popular Danish composer of the 19th century.
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