Halfdan Kjerulf was born in Christiania, September 15, 1815.
He is chiefly known by his Northern ballads and lyrics, all of which conform to the high artistic standard to which he was always true. Many of them are quaintly fascinating, touched with a resigned but never morbid melancholy, the very stamp of Kjerulf’s temperament. His works were an inspiration to Grieg and other Norwegian composers. Among the better known are the “Cradle Song”, “Night on the Fjord”, and “Synnove’s Song”.
He died in Christiania, August 11, 1868.