Lars-Erik Larsson

Biography

Born: May 15, 1908; Åkarp, Sweden   Died: December 27, 1986; Hälsingborg, Sweden  
It would be hard to imagine a busier professional life than that of Lars-Erik Larsson, whose activities in composition, education, and broadcasting were a cornerstone of Swedish musical life in the twentieth century. Curiously, Larsson never settled on a single style of composition, switching easily among different approaches at various points in his life.

Larsson was born in 1908 in Akarp. Studies in organ, composition, and conducting
Read more culminated in a series of youthful works that highlighted him as a composer worth watching. En spelmans jordafaerd for violin and piano (1928) and the Symphony No. 1 (1927-1928) were written in an attractive Nordic style reminiscent of Sibelius, and they garnered not only public and professional appreciation, but also a state composer's grant which allowed him to study with Alban Berg in Vienna and Fritz Reuter in Leipzig in 1929-30. Upon his return to Sweden, Larsson earned his daily bread teaching in Malmö and Lund, writing music criticism for the Lund Dagblad and coaching at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm.

Larsson's year on the Continent alerted him to some of the recent developments in music. These were reflected in works written after his return, such as the Ten Two-Part Piano Pieces of 1932, which contained the first 12-tone music written in Sweden; but it was a bracing, somewhat athletic brand of neo-Classicism that blossomed most fully in Larsson's works, beginning with the Sinfonietta, which was premiered to acclaim at the 1934 ISCM Festival. Other works in this style followed, including the Little Serenade for Strings (1934), the Concert Overture No. 2 (1934), the Divertimento No. 2 (1935), and the Piano Sonatina (1936). More adventurous but less immediately successful were Larsson's Symphony No. 2 (1937) and his opera Princessen av Cypern (The Princess from Cyprus; 1930-1937), both of which were withdrawn shortly after their premieres (the Symphony No. 2 was revised in the 1960s and has since re-entered the repertoire).

In 1937, Larsson began his fruitful association with Swedish radio, composing, conducting, and producing programs for broadcast and thereby influencing the musical tastes of thousands of Swedish listeners. One of his most interesting innovations from this association was the "lyrical suite," which he developed with Hjalmar Gullberg and Pontus Boman. In such works as Dagens stunder (1938), Larsson and his collaborators combined music and poetic recitation in a new and interesting way that was quite different from the old nineteenth century melodramas. During this period Larsson also composed music for films and theater; and when the Second World War broke out, he wrote the Obligationsmarschen, which in a Norwegian version was taken up as music of inspiration by the Norwegian resistance movement.

After World War II, Larsson embarked on another important musical mission as administrator of Sweden's state-run amateur orchestras, for which he wrote 12 attractive Concertinos, Op. 45. These works, with solo parts for all the major string instruments, as well as the major wind instruments and piano, were written for players of moderate ability. It's interesting to note that the Concertinos are more than a little reminiscent of another "practical musician" -- Paul Hindemith.

At the end of his life, Larsson ventured into distant stylistic realms with a handful of works written in a highly individual version of serialism, in which clusters of notes, or "interval piles," are arranged in groups. These serious and austere works were nevertheless written cheek-by-jowl with some of his most accessible and romantic music. Larsson died in 1986, having retired from his astonishingly busy career 10 years earlier. Read less
Glazunov, Larsson, Panula: Works For Sax & Orch / Panula
Release Date: 03/25/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 218   Number of Discs: 1
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Larsson: The 12 Concertinos Op 45
Release Date: 10/12/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 473   Number of Discs: 2
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Larsson: Piano Music / Hans Pålsson
Release Date: 11/19/1996   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 758   Number of Discs: 1
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Larsson: Förklädd Gud, Symphony No 3 / Sten Frykberg
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 96   Number of Discs: 1
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MOST POPULAR WORKS
I. Siciliana: Andantino
II. Intermezzo: Allegro leggiero
III. Pastoral: Allegretto pastorale
IV. Epilogue: Andante
I. Allegro moderato
II. Larghetto
III. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Siciliano: Andante sostenuto
III. Finale: Allegro moderato ma ritmico
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Finale: Presto
I. Ballad: Moderato
II. Arioso: Lento
III. Finale: Allegro vivace
I. Rondino: Allegretto grazioso
II. Arietta: Andante tranquillo
III. Finale: Allegro vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Lento cantabile
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro risoluto
II. Andante espressivo
III. Finale: Allegro moderato
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante con moto
III. Finale: Allegro scherzando - Andante pastorale - Allegro molto
I. Preludium: Allegro pomposo
II. Aria: Andante sostenuto
III. Finale: Allegro giocoso
I. Allegro moderato
II. Ritornell: Andante semplice
III. Allegro risoluto
I. Moderato
II. Andante espressivo - Allegretto - Andante espressivo
III. Finale: Allegro - Moderato - Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Cavatina: Andante con moto - Tranquillo
III. Finale: Allegro vivace
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro scherzando
Prelude
Narration: Ej for de starka i varlden... (Not for the strong in the world...)
Vem spelar pa en pipa en lat av gryningsluft... (Who plays upon a pipe a song of the morning air...) (Chorus)
Narration: Apollon bor i ett tessaliskt stall... (Apollo lives in a Thessalonian stable...)
Kring hostlig vaktelds brander... (Around the glowing watchfire of autumn...) (Baritone, Chorus)
Valsignelse foljer i gudarnas spar... (Blessings follow in the wake of the gods...) (Chorus)
Narration: Husbonden ma vi prisa sall... (We must joyfully praise the master...)
Vad faller over traden... (What kind of silver glow...) (Soprano, Chorus)
Narration: An vandra gudar over denna jord... (Still the gods walk this earth...)
Tror du, att faren skulle... (Do you think that sheep...) (Baritone, Soprano, Chorus)
Applause
I. Allegro
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Allegro
I. Ouverture: Adagio - Allegro
II. Romance: Adagio
III. Scherzo: Vivace
WORKS
I. Siciliana: Andantino
II. Intermezzo: Allegro leggiero
III. Pastoral: Allegretto pastorale
IV. Epilogue: Andante
I. Allegro moderato
II. Larghetto
III. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Siciliano: Andante sostenuto
III. Finale: Allegro moderato ma ritmico
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Finale: Presto
I. Ballad: Moderato
II. Arioso: Lento
III. Finale: Allegro vivace
I. Rondino: Allegretto grazioso
II. Arietta: Andante tranquillo
III. Finale: Allegro vivace
I. Allegro moderato
II. Lento cantabile
III. Allegro vivace
I. Allegro risoluto
II. Andante espressivo
III. Finale: Allegro moderato
I. Allegro molto
II. Andante con moto
III. Finale: Allegro scherzando - Andante pastorale - Allegro molto
I. Preludium: Allegro pomposo
II. Aria: Andante sostenuto
III. Finale: Allegro giocoso
I. Allegro moderato
II. Ritornell: Andante semplice
III. Allegro risoluto
I. Moderato
II. Andante espressivo - Allegretto - Andante espressivo
III. Finale: Allegro - Moderato - Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Cavatina: Andante con moto - Tranquillo
III. Finale: Allegro vivace
I. Allegro molto moderato
II. Adagio
III. Allegro scherzando
I. Capriccioso
II. Grazioso
III. Semplice
IV. Scherzando
V. Espressivo
VI. Ritmico
Prelude
Narration: Ej for de starka i varlden... (Not for the strong in the world...)
Vem spelar pa en pipa en lat av gryningsluft... (Who plays upon a pipe a song of the morning air...) (Chorus)
Narration: Apollon bor i ett tessaliskt stall... (Apollo lives in a Thessalonian stable...)
Kring hostlig vaktelds brander... (Around the glowing watchfire of autumn...) (Baritone, Chorus)
Valsignelse foljer i gudarnas spar... (Blessings follow in the wake of the gods...) (Chorus)
Narration: Husbonden ma vi prisa sall... (We must joyfully praise the master...)
Vad faller over traden... (What kind of silver glow...) (Soprano, Chorus)
Narration: An vandra gudar over denna jord... (Still the gods walk this earth...)
Tror du, att faren skulle... (Do you think that sheep...) (Baritone, Soprano, Chorus)
Applause
Prelude I
Fugue I
Prelude II
Fugue II
Prelude III
Fugue III
Prelude IV
Fugue IV
Prelude V
Fugue V
Prelude VI
Fugue VI
Prelude VII
Fugue VII
I. Allegro
II. Adagio cantabile
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Allegro
I. Ouverture: Adagio - Allegro
II. Romance: Adagio
III. Scherzo: Vivace
I. Tranquillo
II. Agitato
III. Sostenuto
IV. (attacca) Giocoso
I. Allegro con moto
II. Intermezzo
III. Lento espressivo
IV. Presto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo
IV. Finale
I. Allegro con moto
II. Andante
III. Moderato. Prestissimo
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adagio ma non troppo
III. Prestissimo - Andante - Prestissimo
IV. Andante maestoso - Allegro molto
Applause


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