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Franz Adolf Berwald (23 July 1796 – 3 April 1868) was a Swedish Romantic composer. He made his living as an orthopedic surgeon and later as the manager of a saw mill and glass factory, and became more appreciated as a composer after his death than he had been in his lifetime.

All this appears fairly early in the Symphony in A, written in 1820, when Berwald is only twenty-four years old and Beethoven is entering his last and greatest phase. Only the first movement survives, nearly seventeen minutes of ear-stretching stuff: Wagnerian, even Fauré-like modulations, melodies that emphasize the tritone (think of Bernstein's "Maria"), "Fingal's Cave" gloom. A pawky little march passage amazed me the most – harmonized deliberately crude and incomplete. You don't really get anything remotely like this until Stravinsky.

This first edition of the complete works of the composer offers a musical text which satisfies the needs of scholars and performers alike. Almost 50 years of editorial history lie between the publication of the first volume, String Quartets (1966), and the last volume, „Modehandlerskan“ (2013), a venture which provides a worthy tribute to the most important Swedish composer of the 19th century.


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