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Composer of the Week: Lars-Erik Larsson

photo courtesy of wikipedia.org

photo courtesy of wikipedia.org

b. May 15, 1908 in Akarp, Sweden

d. December 26, 1986 in Helsingborg, Sweden

Lars-Erik Larsson‘s Nordic Romanticism awesomeness makes him our composer of the week!

Larsson worked as a music critic in addition to working as a conductor, composer, and producer for Swedish radio after studying at the Stockholm Conservatory. Holding these positions presented Larsson with an opportunity to greatly influence the musical tastes of his country.

Additionally, his studies with composer Alban Berg later inspired him to write his own 12-tone technique. Twelve-tone works by Larsson were the first ever to be written in Sweden.

Larsson’s compositional style, which is similar to that of Jean Sibelius, is referred to as Nordic Romanticism. Great music for a pensive day.

Lars-Erik Larsson’s Pastoral Suite:

The final movement to Larsson’s “A Winter’s Tale”:

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