Adolf Jensen was born in Konigsberg, Prussia, January 12, 1837.
His musical education was begun under Ehlert and Marpurg, but in the main he was his own instructor. While yet under twenty he composed many pieces. He spent some time teaching in Russia, and then studied with Schumann. In 1857 he was conductor at the Posen City Theater; then he paid a two years’ visit to Copenhagen, where he became an intimate pupil of Gade. From 1860 to 1866 he resided in his native place, and wrote the greater part of his works. In spirit and style he was a follower of Schumann and Robert Franz. His compositions for the piano rank high, but his particular genius is displayed in song writing. Many of his songs – more than 150 have been published – are popular in the United States.
He died in Baden, January 23, 1879.