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.
Paul Cauthen’s Allan Petterson Page (http://homepages.uc.edu/~cauthep/allan.html)
International Pettersson Society (http://www.iapg.de)
Categories: 1911 births | 1980 deaths | 20th century classical composers | Swedish composers
Gustav AllanPettersson 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).
Gustav AllanPettersson 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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