Anderberg, Carl-Olof

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Anderberg, Carl-Olof

Anderberg, Carl-Olof, Swedish pianist, conductor, and composer; b. Stockholm, March 13, 1914; d. Malmö, Jan. 4, 1972. He studied piano with Olof Wibergh in Stockholm, and took courses in composition there and in Copenhagen, Paris, and London (1936–38), as well as in Vienna and Salzburg; he also studied conducting in Salzburg at the Mozarteum with Paumgartner, Walter, and Weingartner. In 1934 he made his debut as a pianist in Malmö as soloist in his own, youthful Concertino for Piano and Chamber Orch. He was active as a theater conductor, and also served as founder-conductor of the Malmö Chamber Orch. (1946–50). From 1956 he was active in his own music studio in Malmò. He publ. the vol. Hän mot en ljudkonst (Towards a New Sound Art; Malmö, 1961). Anderberg was a leading figure in Swedish avant-garde music circles. He developed an individual serial style that incorporated both aleatory techniques and improvisation.


DRAMATIC: Opera: Episode, chamber opera (1952). ORCH.: Music I (1947) and II (1948) for Chamber Orch.; Sym. (1948); Cyclus Stellarum I (1949) and II (1957) for Strings; Teater, suite (1958); Transfers (1960); Acroama I and II (1965–66); Piano Concerto (Malmö, March 18, 1969); Concero for a Ballet for Piano, Winds, Percussion, and Double Basses (1969-70; Swedish Radio, March 4, 1972); Orkesterspel I and II (Orchestral Game; 1969-70). CHAMBER: 3 estampies for Piano, Percussion, and Violins (1953); 2 string quartets (1955, 1957); Cello Sonata (1956); 4 Serious Caprices for Clarinet and Piano (1956); Duo I for Flute and Piano (1958), and 17 and III for Violin and Piano (1968); Triad for Violin (1959); Variationer över Variationer for Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Cello, and Harp (1959); Hexafoni for 6 Instruments (1963); Execution I for Clarinet, Piano, and Percussion (1963); Music for Piano, Winds, and Tape (1970). Piano: 3 sonatas (1950, 1952, 1956); Klangskap I (Sound-scape) (1968). VOCAL: Fyra legeringar (4 Alloys) for Soprano and 5 Instruments (1958); Höstens Hökar for Narrator and 5 Instruments (1959); Di Mi Se Mai for Soprano, Narrator, and Orch. (1963); Strändernas svall (The Surge of the Seaside), cantata for Soprano, Baritone, Narrator, and Instrumental Ensemble (1963–64); Dubbelspel (Double Play) for Soprano, Baritone, Clarinet, Cello, Piano, and Tape (1971); songs.

—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire