Hugo Alfvén

Swedish Rhapsody No. 1, op. 19

        America’s concert stages have always been dominated by the composers of Germany, Austria, Italy, and France--and to some degree, Russia. But, of course, the rest of Europe has enjoyed an equally active musical culture. Imported musical style from the aforementioned countries dominated the peripheries of Europe for many centuries, but during the surge of nationalism that characterized the nineteenth-century, composers began to develop indigenous musical styles. In Scandinavia we are all familiar with the works of Grieg and Sibelius, and perhaps Nielsen, but naturally there are many other worthy names, and Hugo Alfvén is one.