Gade, Niels Willem, a Danish composer, was born (1815) at Copenhagen. In 1841 he published Echoes of Ossian. He studied at Leipzig, and succeeded Mendelssohn as leader of concerts. In 1868 he became master of the Chapel Royal at Copenhagen. He published eight symphonies, Comala, the Erl King's Daughter, and other vocal and instrumental pieces. He died in 1891.