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Perhaps Sweden’s most significant composer. Studied in Sweden and in Berlin. Virtuoso pianist who appeared in recitals, with orchestra (often playing his two piano concerti) and in chamber music. His choral song Sverige ("Sweden") is considered an unofficial national anthem. Finest works: Serenade for Orchestra; Symphony No. 2; Piano Concerto No. 2; Cantata "Sangen". (contributed by Scott Morrison <email@example.com>)
Geneva Brown Scriggins <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes: Can’t figure out why W. Stenhammar’s first Symphony is given no consideration at all; it’s better than the second Sym at least 4 different ways.
Lars Erik Andrenius <email@example.com> reacts: Nowadays perhaps Stenhammar is surely valued very high, as ONE of Sweden’s most significant composers, the other is Allan Pettersson. Stenhammar is the restrained aristocrat, Pettersson stands for the cry from the suppressed poor swedish people. In Sweden Stenhammar ranks as the best one, while german musicologists and composers consider Pettersson one of the worlds greatest symphonists.
Stenhammar’s strength is the contrapunctual skilfulness which he combines with a rare beauty, for the beginner slightly hidden.