Lars-Erik Larsson

Lars-Erik Larsson

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Lars-Erik Vilner Larsson (15 May 190827 December 1986) was a notable Swedish composer of the 20th century.

He was born in Åkarp. He studied with Ellberg at the Stockholm Conservatory (1925–1929) and with Alban Berg and Fritz Reuter in Vienna and Leipzig (1929–1930), then worked for Swedish radio and taught at the Stockholm Conservatory (1947–1959) and Uppsala University where he held the position as Director musices (1961–1966).

His style as a composer is eclectic, ranging from the late Romantic to techniques derived from Arnold Schoenberg's twelve-note system, but original in method. He was the first Swede to write serial music (1932). Yet other works of that period are post-Sibelian or neo-classical, and his output generally is characterized by variety of style.

He wrote for the theatre, cinema and broadcasting, in addition to the more traditional forms of symphony, concerto, chamber and vocal music.

Lars-Erik Larsson wrote the score of the well-known God in Disguise, a non-religious lyrical suite for orchestra, mixed choir and soloists written by Malmö poet Hjalmar Gullberg.

He died in Helsingborg on 27 December 1986.


Larsson wrote two of the most popular works in Swedish art music:
  • Pastoral suite (Pastoralsvit), for chamber orchestra, Op. 19 (1938)
  • A God in Disguise (Förklädd gud), for mixed chorus, soloists and orchestra, Op. 24 (1940)

Larsson's most important symphonic works are his three symphonies for full orchestra:
  • Symphony No. 1 in D major,......
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