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Baron Herman Løvenskiold (1815-1870) was a Norwegian composer who wrote the score for the ballet La Sylphide in 1836 at the request of the Danish choreographer August Bournonville. The ballet had been staged in France with music by Jean-Madeleine Schneitzhoeffer but the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen could not afford to pay for the French score. Bournonville therefore turned to the 21-year-old Løvenskiold whose music for La Sylphide now constitutes the "oldest living comprehensive romantic ballet score."
Løvenskiold settled in Denmark in 1842 and in 1851 became the Court organist. His name appears in English variously as Løvenskiold, Lovenskjold, Lovenskiold, Levenskjold, and Levenskiold.