Karl-Birger Blomdahl

Karl-Birger Blomdahl.

Karl-Birger Blomdahl (19 October 1916 – 14 June 1968) was a Swedish composer and conductor born in Växjö. He was educated in biochemistry, but was primarily active in music and by his experimental compositions he became one of the big names in Swedish modernism. His teachers included Hilding Rosenberg.[1] He died in Kungsängen, Stockholm.

His third symphony, Facettes – a work in one subdivided movement[2] as a twelve-tone variation-form piece – from 1950 is a major contribution to the repertoire. In 1959 he composed the opera Aniara based on the poem by Harry Martinson. His output of compositions also includes concertos for violin and viola, a chamber concerto for piano, winds and percussion, at least one other opera (Herr von Hancken), and much chamber music, including a trio for clarinet, cello and piano.

WorksEdit

StageEdit

BalletEdit

  • (1954) Sisyfos
  • (1957) Minotaurus
  • (1962) Spel för åtta

OrchestraEdit

  • (1939) Symphonic Dances
  • (1943) Symphony No. 1
  • (1947) Symphony No. 2
  • (1948) Pastoralsvit
  • (1950) Symphony No. 3, Facetter
  • (1961) Forma Ferritonans

ConcertoEdit

  • (1941) Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
  • (1946) Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra
  • (1953) Chamber Concerto for Piano, Winds and Percussion

ChoirEdit

  • (1951–52) I speglarnas sal (after a poem by Erik Lindegren)

Film musicEdit

Chamber musicEdit

  • (1938) Trio for Brass
  • (1939) String Quartet No. 1
  • (1945) Little Suite, for bassoon & piano
  • (1948) Dance Suite No. 1, for flute, percussion & string trio
  • (1951) Dance Suite No. 2, for clarinet, cello & percussion
  • (1955) Trio for clarinet, cello and piano

SongsEdit

  • (1966) ... The Journey in This Night for soprano & string orchestra (on a poem by Erik Lindegren)

ElectronicEdit

  • (1966) Altisonans

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2005-10-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Description.