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AUGUST SODERMAN  

(1832 - 1876)

The son of a theatre conductor, the Swedish composer August Söderman at first earned his living in a similar capacity. His theatre employer enabled him to study in Leipzig, and in Sweden once more he was appointed chorus-master and assistant conductor at the Stockholm Opera. In spite of the shortness of his life, he exerted a strong influence over Swedish music.

Vocal and Orchestral Music

It is principally in Söderman’s ballades that the influence of Wagner is perceptible, in the absence of an existing Swedish operatic tradition. These include his Tannhäuser for baritone and orchestra as well as the songs for voice and orchestra based on Heine Der arme Peter (‘Poor Peter’), and Der schwarze Ritter (‘The Black Knight’) based on a text by Uhland. He wrote a quantity of incidental music for the theatre; his Svenskt festspel (‘Swedish Festival’) was written as the overture to a work by the future King Oscar II.

Choral Music

Söderman’s outstanding achievement in choral music is his Katolsk Messa (‘Missa solemnis’), written shortly before his death.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
Nordic Classical Favourites Naxos 8.504037
Svenska Sommarfavoriter (Swedish Summer Favourites) Naxos 8.503123

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ALFVEN: Choral and Vocal Music BIS
BIS-CD-633
Choral - Secular
CAPRICER MED OD, Vol. 1 (1964-1969) BIS
BIS-NL-CD-5010
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Orphei Drangar - ALFVEN, H. / SODERMAN, A. / JOSEPHSON, J.A. / MYRBERG, A.M. / OLSSON, O. (Orphei Drangar and Eric Ericson) Swedish Society
SCD1009
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Orphei Drangar - HAEFFNER, J.C.F. / WESTERMARK, O. / GEIJER, E.G. / LINDBLAD, O.J. (Ett Bondbrollop) (Orphei Drangar) Proprius
PRCD9046
Choral - Secular
Choral Concert: Orphei Drangar - KREEK, C. / EESPERE, R. / LEMBA, A. / SODERMAN, A. / SANDSTROM, S.-D. / ORBAN, G. (De Profundis) BIS
BIS-2053
Choral - Sacred
Choral Concert: Stockholm Academic Male Chorus - PRINCE GUSTAF / BELLMAN, C.M. / ALFVÉN, H. / TÖRNUDD, H. / PALMGREN, S. / SÖDERMAN, A. / GRIEG, E. Swedish Society
SLT33154
Choral - Secular
NORDIC ROMANCE BIS
BIS-CD-206
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular
OD (Orphei Drangar) Highlights BIS
BIS-CD-383
Choral - Secular
OM SOMMAREN (Summer in Sweden) Naxos
8.570387
Choral - Secular
PETERSON-BERGER, W.: Songs for Mixed Choir a cappella (Complete) (Swedish Choral Society, Vol. 2) (Westberg) Naxos
8.572393-94
Vocal Ensemble
RYELANDT: Mass / PETERSON-BERGER: 8 Choral Songs BIS
BIS-CD-181
Choral - Sacred
SCANDINAVIAN CHORAL MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-14
Choral - Sacred
Swedish Orchestral Favourites, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.553115
Orchestral
SWEDISH SUMMER FAVOURITES, Vol. 2 - Sommar, Sommar, Sommar Naxos
8.554595
Orchestral
THERE CAME A NOTE: A Swedish Bouquet BIS
BIS-CD-591
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Bjorling, Jussi - ALFVEN, H. / PETERSON-BERGER, W. / NORDQVIST, G. / KORLING, S.A. / SIBELIUS, J. / ALTHEN, R. (Till Havs) (1957-1959) Swedish Society
SCD1100
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Otter, Anne Sofie von - LINDBLAD, A.F. / GEIJER, E.G. / BERWALD, F. / SODERMAN, A. (A Summer's Day - Swedish Romantic Songs) BIS
BIS-SACD-1867
Vocal
Role: Lyricist 
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