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    Default Hilding Rosenberg (1892-1985)

    Apparently a big name in Sweden, but woefully little known elsewhere.

    Some biographical information based on what I've read:

    He was born in a southern Swedish village, in a cottage, to a gardener and his wife. His father sang in the church choir. They had a piano and small Hilding soon showed remarkable talent on it. He seems to have wanted and received a violin (material poverty didn't mean cultural poverty, and instruments were cheaper than these days). He was a good improviser on the church organ. He was accepted into Stockholm's conservatory to study composition, but decided to focus more on conducting instead. He also devoured classic literature, philosophy, and took part in the concert life of the city.

    As a composer and man he wasn't interested in fame or fashion, nor even originality as such, he saw the ideal composer as a humble craftsman and had high moral, musical, and intellectual standards for himself and others. He sometimes composed almost Romantic period music and sometimes atonal, though to me his last seven string quartets are his most interesting achievement, where he basically takes the darker, more chromatic aspects of Bartok's later string quartets and creates complex masterpieces out of that style. We're fortunate to have a recording of his complete string quartets (most easily available digitally).

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    My favourite works by him are the third, fourth and fifths symphonies and they seem to be his most well known works. I would say war horses in Sweden.
    The fourth and fifth symphonies have lots of singing.

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    His pianoworks are superb. I love the impressionistic vibes I get from some pieces. Never got around to listening to his symphonies so perhaps I'll do it now.
    Last edited by Medtnaculus; Nov-27-2016 at 02:00.

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    Up for 15 minutes and learned a new name already, thanks for posting.

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    Listen to his two piano concertos. Excellent works!!!
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sloe View Post
    My favourite works by him are the third, fourth and fifths symphonies and they seem to be his most well known works. I would say war horses in Sweden.
    The fourth and fifth symphonies have lots of singing.

    His fifth is indeed very appealing.

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    My meager collection contains only this:

    Rosenberg.jpg

    It's very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kivimees View Post
    My meager collection contains only this:

    Rosenberg.jpg

    It's very good.
    Have you heard the 2 piano concertos, Kivimees?
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Have you heard the 2 piano concertos, Kivimees?
    I have not, but I noticed your recommendation above and put them on my list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kivimees View Post
    I have not, but I noticed your recommendation above and put them on my list.
    Okay. I will test you sometime unannounced in the future.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kivimees View Post
    My meager collection contains only this:

    Rosenberg.jpg

    It's very good.
    Thanks you very much for this tip.
    Much appreciated.

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    The complete string quartets - all twelve of them plus some extras - are only ten dollars on Amazon:

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B015PGVQ1A/

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    I have only recently discovered Rosenberg and his Symphonies and piano works are both modern and lyrical. If you don't mind singing, the 4 is excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronaldgeorge View Post
    I have only recently discovered Rosenberg and his Symphonies and piano works are both modern and lyrical. If you don't mind singing, the 4 is excellent.
    Singing makes them even more attractive!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Listen to his two piano concertos. Excellent works!!!
    Worth a bump.
    Facts don't care about your feelings.

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