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The music of Algot Haquinius is tinged by two qualities:
the lyrical radiance he was capable of imparting to unexpected,
intuitively emergent episodes and, secondly, the cunningly balanced
design of melodic line and contrapuntal fabric. Stylistically speaking,
his compositions incorporate two main elements: a romantic,
impressionist approach with a hint of Swedish folk idiom, and a
fluent expressionism. His alternately bright and dark, harmonic
themes are carefully developed and varied to achieve eventful formal
patterns and evocative musical atmosphere. His output is not large
but it includes substantial and personal works such as his Preludes for
piano and his String Quartet in A minor (brought to the attention of an
international audience by the Slovac Quartet).
Born in Sveg on 30th July 1886, died on 6th February 1966. He studied
at the Stockholm Conservatory 1898-1906, where he was taught composition
by Ernst Ellberg and the piano by Hilda Thegerström and Lennart
Lundberg. He continued his composition studies with Johan Lindegren
and studied the piano abroad with M. Moszkowski and Ignaz Friedman,
Berlin, becoming one of the foremost pianists in Sweden. Haquinius
was one of the founders of the Society of Swedish Composers and
served on its board between 1933 and 1939. He became a Member of
the Royal Academy of Music in 1941.