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Sven-David Sandström (Composer)

Born: October 30, 1942 - Borensberg, Sweden

The Swedish composer and teacher, Sven-David Sandström, studied art history and musicology at the University of Stockholm from 1963 to 1967. He attended composition and classes with Ingvar Lidholm at the Stockholm Musikhögskolan from 1967 to 1972. He also took special courses in advanced techniques of composition with Gyorgy Ligeti and Per Norgard. He received numerous awards and prizes, including the Christ Johnson Prize and Major Award, Nordic Council Award and the Buxtehude Award.

In 1981 Sven-David Sandström joined the faculty of the Stockholm Musikhögskolan. In 1983 he served as chairman of the Swedish section of the ISCM. Former professor of composition and pro-Rektor, Royal College of Music, Stockholm, Sven-David Sandström is now professor for composition at the Indiana University School of Music.

In his early works Sven-David Sandström made use of quarter-tone tuning. Later he turned to tonal and modal writing. His works have been performed throughout Scandinavia and Europe by the Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam; the Kroumata Percussion Ensemble, the H"gersten Motet Choir and others. Catalogue of published and performed compositions includes more than ninety works in various genres. Recent large-scale works include De ur alla minnen fallna - Missa da requiem, for soloists, chorus and orchestra; High Mass for soloists, chorus and orchestra; the oratorio Moses for the 300th anniversary of the Oslo Cathedral; and the full-length opera Staden (The City). Published by Warner/Chappell, Nordiska Musikfrlaget and other; and recorded on BIS, MAP, CBS and other labels.

Source: Indiana University Website; Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Classical Musicians (1997)
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (April 2006)

Use of Chorale Melodies in his works


Chorale Melody


Es ist genug (It is enough), for chorus

Es ist genug


Links to other Sites

Sven-David Sandstrom, Composer (Official Website)
Sven-David Sandström (Indiana University)

Sven-Davis Sandström (Radio France) [French]
Sven-David Sandström (Wikipedia) [Swedish]



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