Sunday Bandstand 13 March 2022

Sunday Bandstand 13 March 2022

Hugo Emil Alfvén 1 May 1872 – 8 May 1960) was a Swedish composer, conductor, violinist, and painter.

He was born in Stockholm and studied at the Royal College of Music from 1887 to 1891 with the violin as his main instrument. He earned a living by playing the violin at the Royal Opera in Stockholm. He also played the violin in the Royal Swedish Orchestra.

Starting in 1897, he travelled much of the next 10 years in Europe. He studied violin technique in Brussels  and learned conducting in Dresden. In 1903-4 he was professor of composition at the Royal Conservatory, Stockholm. From 1910 he was music director at the University of Uppsala (a post he held until 1939). There he also directed the male voice choir until 1947, he also conducted in festivals at Dortmund (1912), Stuttgart (1913), Gothenburg (1915), and Copenhagen (1918–1919). He toured Europe as a conductor throughout his life and received a Ph.D. honoris causa from Uppsala in 1917 and became a member of the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm in 1908. He recorded some of his orchestral music in stereo late in 1954 (the first classical stereo recordings made in Sweden); the recordings were issued on LP in the U.S. by Westminster Records. A three-CD collection of Alfvén's recordings as a conductor has been issued.

He became known as one of Sweden's principal composers of his time and his music is in a late Romantic (1800 – 1910) idiom. His orchestration is skilful and colourful, reminiscent of that of Richard Strauss. Some of Alfvén's music evokes the landscape of Sweden.

He was married three times. His first marriage (1912–1936) was to the Danish painter Marie Triepcke (1867–1940). After his divorce from Marie in 1936, he married Carin Wessberg (1891–1956). They were together for two decades (1936–1956) before she died. He married Anna Lund (1891–1990) in 1959. He died on 8 May 1960 in Falun, Sweden, just after his 88th birthday.

His daughter Margita Alfven became a film star in the silent era. His nephew Hannes Alfvén received the 1970 Nobel Prize in Physics.

When Hugo Alfvén died, his musical archive was handed over to the University of Uppsala.

Several his compositions have been arranged for brass bands, including the euphonium solo Vallflickans Dans (Dance of the Herdmaiden) featured on this week’s show.


Playlist 13 March 2022

Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
Armenian Sabre Dance - Gomidas Vartabed arr. Howard Lorriman Black Dyke Band MD: Dr Nicholas Childs - 2010  'Spectacular Classics N0. 7' - CD - Obrasso Recording  CD941 - 2010
Judges Of The Secret Court - Hector Berlioz arr. Frank Wright  The Virtuosi Brass Band of Great Britain MD: Stanley Boddington - 1975  'The Virtuosi Band Vol. 6'  - Vinyl - Virtuosi Recordings Ltd - VR7506 - 1975 
Vallflickans Dans - Hugo Alfven arr. Frode Rydlands Euphonium Soloist Gary Curtin with the Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles -2020   'Eire Time' - CD - SP&S Doyen Recording DOY CD401 - 2020
Alfie - Bacharach and David arr. Alan Fernie  Flugel Horn Soloist Elaine Roxburgh with the Dalmellington Band MD: Archie Hutchison - 2013  'A Sesquicentential Celebration' - CD - WOS CD 059 - 2013
Good News - Eric Ball South London Fellowship Band BM: Major George Whittingham  - 2008  'Mr Ball meets Mr Leidzen' - CD - World of Sound WOS 003 - 2008
Switched On Swing arr. Jeffries  BNFL Band MD: Richard Evans  - 1996  'By Request - Celebrating the Band's Golden Jubilee' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 078D - 1996
The Magic Trumpet - James F. Burke arr. Mark Freeh Cornet Soloist Brian Grant with the GUS (Footwear) Band MD: John Berryman - 1986  'Oranges and Lemons - Audio Cassette only - MRFC 86234
Lament from Stabat Mater - Karl Jenkins arr. Robert Childs Euphonium Soloist Jolyon Stead with the City of Bradford Brass MD: Lee Skipsey - 2018  'Pageantry' - CD - 2018
Ovation - Martin Ellerby  Royal Northern College of Music MD: Bryan Hurdley - 2001  'Bridgewater Hall Live - 2001 Great Northern Brass Arts Festival' - CD - Egon SFZ106 - 2001
On My Own from Les Miserables - Claude Michel Schonberg arr. Ray Farr Vocalist Sophie Lord with the 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Band MD: Graham Helm - 2007  'Fantasia' - CD - Amadeus AMSCD113 - 2007
Andulka March - František Kmoch arr. William Brighton  Foden's Richardson Band MD: Garry Cutt - 2004  'Ghost Train' - CD - MF Recording CH-4528 - 2004
Excalibur - Jan van der Roost  Breeze Brass Band (Japan) MD: Kazuyoshi Uemura - 1993  'Excalibur' - CD - Kosei Publishing Japan KOCD-2503 - 1993
Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2, Op. 64ter - Montagues and Capulets - Sergei Prokofiev arr. Svein Henrik Giske Eikanger Bjorsvik Band (Norway) MD: Bjarte Engeset - 2008  'Prokofiev - Romeo and Juliet for Brass Band' - Naxos Recording: CD 8.572193 - 2008
Trumpet Triplets - Harry Round  Cornet Soloist James Shepherd with the Black Dyke Mills Band MD: Geoffrey Whitham - 1963  'Vintage Black Dyke Mills Band - 1963'
Sun and Moon from "Miss Saigon" - Claude-Michel Schönberg Brass Band De Bazuin Oenkerk (The Netherlands) MD: Klaas van der Woude - 2001  'Facets of Glass' CD - - 2001
Fetes - Claude Debussy - arr. Thomas Wyss Massed bands of CWS Glasgow, Desford Colliery Dowty, Britannia Building Society, Cory & Grimethorpe Colliery GMD: Howard Snell - 1988  'National Brass Band Championships and Gala Concert 1988' - CD -Polyphonioc Recording QPRL 039D - 1988
Haunted Halls - Paul Lovatt-Cooper Black Dyke Band MD: Dr. Nicholas Childs - 2008  'Walking With Heroes - The Music of Paul Lovatt-Cooper' - CD - Doyen DOYCD245 - 2008
Salvation's Song - William Gordon  Mississauga Temple Band of the Salvation Army  (Canada) BM: David Moulton - 2003  'Credo' - CD - A Mississauga Temple Band Production MTBCD-2 - 2003
Imaginary Worlds - Bertrand Moren  La Concordia Vertroz Band (Switzerland) MD: Bertrand Moren - 2018  'Ave Troz' - CD - 2018
Golden Jubilee - March - Brigadier Milton Kippax Williams Fairey Band MD: James Williams MBE - 1998  'Heralds of Victory' - CD - Egon ‎– EGN-CD 125 - 1998
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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