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The graceful and charming piece Britta Polka was composed 1864 for an unknown Copenhagen girl. Hans Christian Lumbye (1810 - 1874) was a Danish composer and conductor and one of most important names in Danish 19th century music. He created the kind of light entertainment musical tradition which is now associated with Tivoli in Copenhagen. He was chief conductor and leader of the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra between 1843 to 1872. As a composer he was influenced by Viennese music and especially by Strauss. Lumbye composed over 600 pieces, many of them typical of their time (polkas, marches, waltzes).