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Encyclopedia > Allan Pettersson

Gustav Allan Pettersson (September 19, 1911June 20, 1980) was a Swedish composer born in Uppland. He composed 17 symphonies, of which the first and last may not be in performing condition, as well as some other orchestral works (concerti mainly) and some chamber and vocal works, including his Vox Humana and the Barefoot Songs. He contracted arthritis in his fifties around the time of his fifth symphony. His greatest success came a few years later with his seventh symphony (which has also received more recordings than his other works.)

He landed in the hospital in 1970 for much of a year soon after the composition of his ninth and longest symphony, writing the tenth in his sickbed.

His music is tonal, but very strenuous and often has many polyphonic lines going on at once, with occasional quiet oases common in his later works. Most of his music has now been recorded at least once and much of it is now available in published score.

External links

  • Paul Cauthen’s Allan Petterson Page (http://homepages.uc.edu/~cauthep/allan.html)
  • International Pettersson Society (http://www.iapg.de)

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Classical Net - Composers - Pettersson (1354 words)
Gustav Allan Pettersson was born September 19, 1911, in the Västra Ryd parish of the Uppland province of Sweden.
Pettersson's father, Karl Viktor Pettersson, was a flsmith, and a violent alcoholic who beat his wife in front of the children.
Pettersson was to return to these songs for motifs in many of his symphonies and concertos, and I encourage the interested listener to obtain the Swedish Society CD of the complete cycle (Swedish Society 1033).
- Classical Music Dictionary - Free MP3 (662 words)
Gustav Allan Pettersson was born September 19, 1911, in the Västra Ryd parish of the Uppland province of Sweden; he was the youngest of four children.
Pettersson was promised state living quarters in 1976, and in fact the house to which he and his wife Gudrun moved (at Bastugatan 30 in Stockholm) had been the residence of an earlier renowned composer and conductor, Ture Rangström.
Unfortunately, his health continued to deteriorate, and he was diagnosed with cancer; in 1979, Pettersson completed work on his Sixteenth Symphony, highly unusual in it's prominent use of a solo saxophone, and the Concerto for Viola and Orchestra.; Pettersson died on June 20.
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