Wilhelm Stenhammar

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Carl Wilhelm Eugen Stenhammar (February 7, 1871 - November 20, 1927) was a Swedish composer, pianist and conductor. His initial education took place in Stockholm, but he later went to Berlin to further his studies. In his early days he was a glowing admirer of Germanic music, particularly that of Richard Wagner and Anton Bruckner, but he later sought to emancipate himself and write in a more "Nordic" style, looking to Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius for guidance. The latter's Symphony No. 2, especially, had a great effect on him.

From 1906 to 1922 he was Artistic Director and chief conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the first full-time professional orchestra in Sweden. In this capacity, he organized many a performance of music by contemporary Scandinavian composers. Briefly, in 1909, he held the position of director musices at Uppsala University, where he was succeeded in the following year by Hugo Alfvn.

His works include two symphonies (the first of which he later rejected), two piano concerti, four piano sonatas and six string quartets.

See also: List of Swedes in music, List of classical music composersda:Wilhelm Stenhammar de:Wilhelm Stenhammar ja:ヴィルヘルム・ステーンハンマル sv:Wilhelm Stenhammar

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