IVAR HALLSTROM (1826 - 1901)
The Swedish composer and pianist Ivar Christian Hallström collaborated with Prince Gustaf on his first opera and later served as librarian to Prince Oscar, later King Oscar II. The greater part of his music is either vocal or for the piano, his writing influenced by Gounod and, to some extent, Wagner.
Hallström is a figure of great importance in the creation of Swedish opera. His second opera, Hertig Magnus och sjöjungfrun (‘Duke Magnus and the Mermaid’) deals with the story of a duke who thinks he hears the call of a mermaid and throws himself into the water. The work draws on old ballads, dance songs, Italian romantic gesture and folk material.