Personalities | Johann Sverin Svendsen | Late Romantic | Classical

(Yo’-han Se’-ve-rin Svent’sen) 1840–1911
Norwegian composer

Svendsen followed in his father’s footsteps and began his career as a bandmaster. However, in his early twenties he went to study music in Leipzig under the famous teachers Ferdinand David and Reinecke. He moved to Paris as a theatre violinist, but returned in 1870 to Leipzig and thence to the US, where he married. He returned to Norway to conduct at the Christiania (Oslo) Music Association in the 1870s and 80s, and later went to Denmark as conductor of the Copenhagen Royal Orchestra and Theatre. Apart from his popular Romance (1881) for violin and orchestra, his best-known works include four Norwegian Rhapsodies and the folk-inspired Carnival of Norwegian Artists, as well as symphonies, chamber music and songs.

Recommended Recording:
String Quartet op. 1, Octet op. 3, Kontra Quartet (BIS)

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