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Wilhelm Peterson – Berger

Posted by: In: Composers 01 Jun 2011 Comments: 2 Tags:


Wilhelm Peterson-Berger (1867-1942) is not unknown: Everybody knows him. In Sweden. He studied in Sweden and Dresden, Germany, where he also later taught music himself. For the longest time he then was a critic in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter in Stockholm, where he was notorious for his harsh opinion of everything he hadn‘t written himself.

„Critique MUST be subjective-MUST be personal!“ They say he got slapped in the face more than once by enraged artists and composers. He wrote all kinds of music: operas, symphonies, concertos, but his best works are his songs; in my opinion some of the finest ever written.

Comments: 2

  1. Posted by Lindqvist & Vogler 08 Jun 2011 at 20:06

    Hi Koen, I like the opera “Arnljot”. One of the characters is a sami girl a little similar to Liù, whose songs/arias I have sung. Stunning and moving music. I wish I could have sung the whole role-but I never even saw a complete performance live.

  2. Posted by Koen 01 Jun 2011 at 11:32

    I do know Peterson-Berger, but only have about 10 songs from him in my collection, sung by AS von Otter. Beautiful music. Need to hear more from him though, curious about the operas

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