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Berwald, Franz (1796-1868)  

Franz Berwald

born: 23 July 1796
died: 3 April 1868
country: Sweden

Berwald is now recognised as possibly Sweden’s greatest composer. He came from a family with four generations of musicians; his father, a violinist in the Royal Opera Orchestra, taught young Berwald the violin from an early age. He soon appeared in concerts. In 1811, Karl XIII (brother of Gustavus III) came to power and reinstated the Royal Chapel; the following year Berwald started working there, as well as playing the violin in the court orchestra and the opera, receiving lessons from Edouard du Puy. He also started composing. The summers were off-season for the orchestra, and Berwald travelled around Scandinavia, Finland and Russia. Of his works from that time, a Septet and a Serenade he still considered worthwhile music in his later years.

In 1911, Carl Nielsen wrote of Berwald, "Neither the media, money nor power can damage or benefit good Art. It will always find some simple, decent artists who forge ahead and produce and stand up for their works. In Sweden, you have the finest example of this: Berwald." More recently, British musicologist Robert Layton wrote (1959) what remains the sole English-language biography of Berwald, as well as discussing Berwald's music in considerable detail elsewhere.

Albums
'Berwald: Chamber Music' (CDD22053)
Berwald: Chamber Music
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'Berwald: Symphonies & Overtures' (CDD22043)
Berwald: Symphonies & Overtures
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Complete works available for download
Duo for pianoforte and violin in D major The Gaudier Ensemble, Susan Tomes (piano)
Grand Septet in B flat major The Gaudier Ensemble
Piano Quintet No 1 in C minor The Gaudier Ensemble, Susan Tomes (piano)
Piano Trio No 2 in F minor The Gaudier Ensemble, Susan Tomes (piano)
Piano Trio No 4 in C major The Gaudier Ensemble, Susan Tomes (piano)
Quartet for piano and wind in E flat major The Gaudier Ensemble, Susan Tomes (piano)
Symphony in A major Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Roy Goodman (conductor)
Symphony No 1 in G minor 'Sinfonie sérieuse' Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Roy Goodman (conductor)
Symphony No 2 in D major 'Sinfonie capricieuse' Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Roy Goodman (conductor)
Symphony No 3 in C major 'Sinfonie singulière' Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Roy Goodman (conductor)
Symphony No 4 in E flat major 'Sinfonie naïve' Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Roy Goodman (conductor)
Alphabetical listing of all musical works
Drottningen av Golconda 'The Queen of Golconda' (Berwald)
Duo for pianoforte and violin in D major (Berwald)
Estrella de Soria (Berwald)
Grand Septet in B flat major (Berwald)
Overture  Extract of Estrella de Soria (Berwald)
Overture  Extract of Drottningen av Golconda 'The Queen of Golconda' (Berwald)
Piano Quintet No 1 in C minor (Berwald)
Piano Trio No 2 in F minor (Berwald)
Piano Trio No 4 in C major (Berwald)
Quartet for piano and wind in E flat major (Berwald)
Symphony in A major (Berwald/Druce)
Symphony No 1 in G minor 'Sinfonie sérieuse' (Berwald)
Symphony No 2 in D major 'Sinfonie capricieuse' (Berwald)
Symphony No 3 in C major 'Sinfonie singulière' (Berwald)
Symphony No 4 in E flat major 'Sinfonie naïve' (Berwald)
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