Herman Severin Løvenskjold
Baron Herman Severin Løvenskiold (30 July 1815 – 5 December 1870) was a Norwegian composer, most noted for his score for August Bournonville's 1836 version of the ballet La Sylphide for the Royal Danish Ballet. Løvenskiold was born on July 30, 1815 in Holmestrand, Norway, where his father, Baron ECF Løvenskiold, was director of the royal ironworks. Løvenskiold was originally intended for military service, but his great musical talent came to the attention of the composers Christoph Weyse and Friedrich Kuhlau, and through their intervention the young Løvenskiold was allowed to study music. Soon Løvenskiold took up composition, showing a great facility for melody and instrumentation. In 1835 he came to the attention of the great choreographer August Bournonville, Maître de Ballet en Chef of the Royal Danish Ballet, who commissioned the 21-year-old composer to create the music for his version of the ballet La Sylphide.