Franz (Adolf) Berwald

Swedish Born 23 Jul 1796 Died 03 Apr 1868

Born in Stockholm, Franz Berwald was taught violin by his father and joined the court orchestra of the Swedish royal family in 1818.  He began composing at around this time and although his works were not much appreciated in his own country, subsequent tours of Europe led to more favourable appraisals.  It was not until 1867 that he was able to gain a professorship at the Stockholm conservatory, and he died of pneumonia the following year.  Nowadays he is remembered as the finest Swedish composer of his century.

Related composers: Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Louis Spohr

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