Wilhelm Peterson-Berger

Biography

Born: February 27, 1867; Ullånger   Died: December 3, 1942; Östersund, Sweden  
Esteemed during his lifetime but relegated to the tertiary ranks of music figures thereafter, Wilhelm Peterson-Berger was a significant Swedish composer and critic in the early decades of the twentieth century. He studied organ and composition at the Stockholm Conservatory (1886-1889), then traveled to Dresden for further instruction in composition and orchestration. He returned to Sweden in 1890 to teach music and languages in Umeå Read more (1890-1892), but the years 1892-1894 found him back in Dresden teaching music. In 1895 he finally settled in Stockholm, supporting himself mainly as music critic of the Dagens Nyheter from 1896 to 1930, aside from brief periods when he served as stage manager at the Stockholm Opera (1908-1910) and traveled extensively in Italy (1920-1921).

As a critic, Peterson-Berger upheld the notions of Wagner. He did little to advance his composing career through his work as a music journalist, which was prone to highly negative remarks regarding new music that was not his own. As a composer, he was a Romantic nationalist. He wrote many large works -- his quasi-Wagnerian Arnljot is considered to be the Swedish national opera, and his third symphony and violin concerto are still highly regarded in his homeland -- but Peterson-Berger is best remembered for his miniatures, particularly the piano pieces Frösöblomster, and perhaps the song collection Swedish Lyrics. These are highly lyrical pieces whose apparent simplicity has put off critics who wrongly assume them to be fluff. When choosing texts, or programs for his large orchestral works, Peterson-Berger was particularly attracted to topics of nature, another aspect that rooted his aesthetic in the nineteenth century. Read less

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Wilhelm Peterson-Berger


MOST POPULAR WORKS
I. Prolog
II. Vandringssang
III. Pa Fjallet i Sol
IV. Pa Fjallet i Regn
V. Humoresk
VI. Serenad
VII. Afsked
VIII. Epilog
No. 1. Stemning (Mood)
No. 2. I Fyrreskoven (In the Pinewood)
No. 3. Ved havet (By the Sea)
No. 4. Pa Fjeldesti (On Fjeldesti)
No. 5. Vesleblomme (Little Flower)
No. 6. Killebukken (Little Billy Goat)
No. 7. Lokkeleg (Coaxing game)
No. 8. Dans, ropte Felen (Dance called the Fiddle)
I. Kom bukken til gutten - II. Solen skinner vakkert om kvaeden - III. Holder du av mig
I. Vintervisa (A Winter Song). II. Titania
Mitt trollslott (My Fairy Castle)
I. Stiljte - Seglats
II. Rosenstaden - Dionsysostaget - I Eros tempel - Symposion
III. Hemlangtan - For Sunnanvind
I. Forntidsbilder: Allegro moderato
II. Vinterkvall: Moderato
III. Sommarnatt: Lento assai
IV. Framtidsdrommar: Con moto
WORKS
I. Prolog
II. Vandringssang
III. Pa Fjallet i Sol
IV. Pa Fjallet i Regn
V. Humoresk
VI. Serenad
VII. Afsked
VIII. Epilog
No. 1. Stemning (Mood)
No. 2. I Fyrreskoven (In the Pinewood)
No. 3. Ved havet (By the Sea)
No. 4. Pa Fjeldesti (On Fjeldesti)
No. 5. Vesleblomme (Little Flower)
No. 6. Killebukken (Little Billy Goat)
No. 7. Lokkeleg (Coaxing game)
No. 8. Dans, ropte Felen (Dance called the Fiddle)
No. 1. Solhesning (Salute to the Sun)
No. 2. Jamtland
No. 3. Langt bort i skogarna (Far Away in the Forest)
No. 4. Vid Larsmess' (At the Fest of St. Laurence)
No. 5. Vagor mot stranden (Waves against the Shore)
No. 6. Minnen (Memories)
No. 1. Forspel (Prelude)
No. 2. Intag i Sommarhagen (Entry into Sommarhagen)
No. 3. Landskap i aftonsol (Landscape in the Evening Sun)
No. 4. Folkhumor (Folk Humour)
No. 5. Vildmarken lockar (The Call of the Wild)
No. 6. Under asparna (Under the Aspen Trees)
No. 7. Om manga ar (Many Years Hence)
No. 1. Rentree
No. 2. Sommarsang (Summer Song)
No. 3. Lawn Tennis
No. 4. Till rosorno (To the Roses)
No. 5. Gratulation (Congratulations)
No. 6. Vid Froso kyrka (At Froso Church)
No. 7. I skymningen (At Twilight)
No. 8. Halsning (Greeting)
No. 1. Sporj ostan, sporj vastan (Ask the East Wind, Ask the West Wind)
No. 2. Mumla, tumla, humla (Mumble, Tumble, Bumble Bee)
No. 3. Sikta, sikta gullkorn (Sift, Sift Golden Grain)
No. 4. Sag ostan, sag vastan? (Did the East Wind See, Did the West Wind See)
No. 5. Hogt pa fallets ormbunkssnar (High Up on the Fern Thicket of the Slope)
I. Fjallet (The Mountain)
II. Sjon (The Lake)
III. Overheden (Across the Heath)
IV. Ekorre och skogsduva (Squirrel and Wood Pigeon)
V. Granskogen (The Pine Forest)
VI. Fjallbacken (The Mountain Stream)
I. Kom bukken til gutten - II. Solen skinner vakkert om kvaeden - III. Holder du av mig
I. Vintervisa (A Winter Song). II. Titania
Mitt trollslott (My Fairy Castle)
I. Allegro, "Tillegnan"
II. Andantino con moto grazioso, "Serenata"
III. Andante con moto, "Slummersang"
IV. Allegro moderato, ma con fuoco, "Fackeldans"
I. Stiljte - Seglats
II. Rosenstaden - Dionsysostaget - I Eros tempel - Symposion
III. Hemlangtan - For Sunnanvind
I. Forntidsbilder: Allegro moderato
II. Vinterkvall: Moderato
III. Sommarnatt: Lento assai
IV. Framtidsdrommar: Con moto
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante con moto - Allegro molto - Tempo I
III. Moderato


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