Rangström, Ture


Rangström, Ture

Ballad for Piano and Orchestra

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Ture Rangström – Ballad for Piano and Orchestra (1909/37)

(b. Stockholm, 30 November 1884 – d. Stockholm, 11 May 1947)

Ture Rangström was born in Stockholm, Sweden on 30 November 1884. His first artistic love was poetry; Rangström did not show serious interest in music until nearly seventeen. The composer later claimed, “Perhaps my interest in music was actually awakened by poetry, since it was the word, the ardent word of the poet, that first aroused my relentless desire to compose.”1

Appropriately for a composer inspired by the written word, Rangström began by composing songs for voice and piano. Yet his passion outstripped his training: Rangström remained a virtually self-taught composer all his life. His most substantial musical education came from lessons with organist, scholar, and pedagogue Johan Lindegren (1842-1908) during the winter of 1903-4, which gave him “invaluable inspiration in the art of shaping a melody,” and lessons with German composer Hans Pfitzner (1869-1949) in Berlin from 1905-6. While there, he also began singing lessons with Julius Hey (1832-1909), a singer and vocal coach who had prepared many of the singers for the first complete Ring cycle at Bayreuth in 1876. Rangström followed Hey to Munich the next year to continue his vocal studies.

Returning to Sweden in 1907, Rangström supported himself by teaching singing and writing music criticism. Both activities provided steady work for years; Rangström did not retire from teaching until 1922 and throughout his life wrote for a succession of Swedish newspapers: the Svenska dagbladet (1907–9), the Stockholms dagblad (1910–14, 1927–30), the Dagens nyheter (1920–21), and the Nya dagligt allehanda (1938–42). Expanding his journalistic and musical duties further, Rangström was press adviser at the Swedish Royal Opera from 1930-36 and among the founding members of the Society of Swedish Composers in 1918. …


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