Wilhelm Stenhammar

Biography

Born: February 7, 1871; Stockholm, Sweden   Died: November 20, 1927; Stockholm, Sweden  
Stenhammar was a Swedish pianist and self-taught composer and conductor. His compositions began as typically late Romantic fare but evolved through three periods. In the first, his primary influences were Liszt, Brahms, and Wagner, but the music is imbued with a Nordic sound without specifically quoting Swedish folk song. His early operas Gildet på Solhaug (1892-1893) and Tirfing (1897-1898), although unsuccessful, were the pinnacles of this Read more period. Stenhammar's second period began as he attempted to create a more concentrated and motivically oriented style, modeled on the great classicists Beethoven, Haydn, and Mozart. In spite of this, the music of this period loses none of its Nordic color. His brilliant cantata Ett folk (1904-1905) and the frequently played Second Piano Concerto are the most representative. Beginning in 1909, perhaps feeling his lack of training was detrimental to further development, Stenhammar engaged upon a nine-year course in strict counterpoint. The fruit of this study resulted in his last period, where the music becomes more contrapuntally and modally oriented, particularly in the last two of his six string quartets. Yet at the same time, his larger works, such as the orchestral Serenade and the Second Symphony, lose nothing of the earlier freshness and inspiration that make Stenhammar's music so attractive.

Stenhammar's early years were spent surrounded by culture, although he never undertook formal training except in piano. By 1900, he had established himself as a pianist, eventually giving over 1,000 concerts all over Sweden. He had also debuted as a conductor in 1897 with his own overture Excelsior!, and eventually went on to direct the Stockholm Philharmonic Society, the Royal Opera, the New Philharmonic Society, and the Göttesborgs Orkesterförening. Stenhammar eventually became one of the most important Scandinavian musicians of his era, and his compositions, including many songs, choral works, chamber and solo pieces, and theater and orchestral works represent the best music out of turn-of-the-century Sweden. Read less
Stenhammar: String Quartets No 1 & 2 / Stenhammar Quartet
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Catalog: 2019   Number of Discs: 1
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Stenhammar: String Quartets Nos. 3 & 4 / Stenhammar Quartet
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Catalog: 1659   Number of Discs: 1
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Wilhelm Stenhammar: Symphonies And Piano Concertos
Release Date: 06/28/2011   Label: Brilliant Classics  
Catalog: 94238   Number of Discs: 3
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Stenhammar: String Quartets No 5 & 6 / Stenhammar Quartet
Release Date: 10/29/2013   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2009   Number of Discs: 1
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Stenhammar: Serenade Op 31 / Järvi, Gothenburg So
Release Date: 09/22/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 310   Number of Discs: 1
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Wilhelm Stenhammar


MOST POPULAR WORKS
I. Molto moderato e maestoso
II. Vivacissimo
III. Andante
IV. Allegro commodo
I. Introduzione
II. Scherzo
III. Adagio
IV. Finale
I. Molto appasionato
II. Dolce scherzando
III. Molto espressivo
I. Tranquillo e soave
II. Poco presto
III. Piano. Non troppo lento
IV. Presto agitato
V. Poco allegretto
VI. Allegretto grazioso
VII. Poco vivace, dolce e con molto grazia
I. Allegro molto con spirito
II. Ballata: Allegretto scherzando
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
No. 1 in A major
No. 2 in F minor
I. Moderato
II. Molto vivace
III. Lento e mesto -
IV. Allegro
I. Tempo molto tranquillo: Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro amabile
IV. Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco: Tranquillo
I. Allegro energico
II. Andante
III. Scherzo
IV. Finale
WORKS
I. Allegro appassionato
II. Tempo moderato - Allegretto mosso, sempre dolcissimo
III. Recitando, passinato e patetico - Andante sostenuto
IV. Andante sostenuto
V. Lo stesso tempo
VI. Lo stesso tempo
VII. Andante - Molto sostenuto - Andante serioso - Andante risoluto
No. 1. September, "Alle de voksende Skygger"
No. 2. I seraillets have (In the Seraglio Garden)
No. 3. Havde jeg, o havde jeg en datterson, o ja! (If Only I Had a Grandson, Oh!)
I. Molto moderato e maestoso
II. Vivacissimo
III. Andante
IV. Allegro commodo
I. Introduzione
II. Scherzo
III. Adagio
IV. Finale
I. Molto appasionato
II. Dolce scherzando
III. Molto espressivo
. Sostenuto tranquillo - Piu lento - Sostenuto
-vals (Imrpromptu-Waltz)
I. Tranquillo e soave
II. Poco presto
III. Piano. Non troppo lento
IV. Presto agitato
V. Poco allegretto
VI. Allegretto grazioso
VII. Poco vivace, dolce e con molto grazia
Introduction to Act I: Elegy
Intermezzo
Karneval
I. Elegy
II. Intermezzo
I. Allegro
II. Adagio. Con intimissimo sentimento, poco scherzando
III. Allegro giocoso
IV. Allegretto
I. Quasi andante
II. Presto molto agitato
III. Lento sostenuto
IV. Presto molto agitato - Molto moderato
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Adagio
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Aria variata: Andante semplice
I. Allegro molto con spirito
II. Ballata: Allegretto scherzando
III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
IV. Finale: Allegro molto
I. Tempo moderato, sempre un poco rubato
II. Allegro vivace
III. Poco adagio
IV. Presto
No. 1 in A major
No. 2 in F minor
I. Ouvertura. Allegrissimo
II. Reverenza. Tempo di menuetto, tranquillo e graziozo
III. Canzonetta. Tempo di valse, ma poco tranquillo
IV. Scherzo. Presto
V. Notturno. Andante sostenuto
VI. Finale. Tempo moderato
I. Overtura: Allegrissimo
II. Reverenza: Tempo di menuetto, tranquillo e grazioso
III. Canzonetta: Tempo di valse, un poco tranquillo
IV. Scherzo: Presto
IV. Notturno: Andante sostenuto
VI. Finale: Tempo moderato
I. Molto tranquillo, semplice
II. Allegro
III. Polska (En miniature)
I. Moderato
II. Molto vivace
III. Lento e mesto -
IV. Allegro
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante
III. Menuetto: Allegretto
IV. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Finale: Allegro
I. Allegro
II. Adagio grazioso
III. Presto marcato
IV. Finale (Rondo): Allegretto
I. Allegro vivace e passionato
II. Romanza: Andante quasi adagio
III. Scherzo: Allegretto
IV. Rondo: Allegretto
I. Allegro con anima
II. Andantino
III. Allegro
I. Tempo molto tranquillo: Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Allegro amabile
IV. Allegro non troppo, ma con fuoco: Tranquillo
I. Allegro energico
II. Andante
III. Scherzo
IV. Finale


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