“It was the word, the ardent word of the poet, that aroused my remorseless desire to compose.”
Ture Rangström (1884-1947) was one of Sweden’s greatest composers. He preferred to call himself a “song poet”, and his main musical passion was vocal music and singing. He studied music in Berlin with Pfitzner, and singing in Munich. Rangström refused to learn counterpoint, which was often held against him, but in a way this makes his style the more personal. Back in Sweden he worked with many things: he was a music critic, singing teacher, orchestra conductor and handled the press department for the royal opera in Stockholm. He became a member of the swedish royal academy of music in 1919.
He wrote four symphonies, three operas, and over 300 magnificent songs.