was Allan Pettersson?
answered the question himself with his music, in particular in the
Barefoot Songs, and also in interviews: “A voice crying in the
wilderness that is nearly drowned by the noise of time”, was how he
One answer to the question is that Allan Pettersson was one of the
most important symphonists in the Nordic countries. Many have born witness
to the overwhelming feelings that his symphonies and songs have aroused.
His music touches the heart, as does his own life and his indomitable
Nowadays there are many people who have grown up since Allan Pettersson died and who are probably not so familiar with his music. Not everyone has had the same opportunity to hear performances; certain benchmark LP recordings are no longer available and have not yet been transferred to CD
Allan Pettersson Society in Sweden
enough, while Pettersson’s music is rarely performed in his native
country, his admirers are on the increase in other countries, particularly
in Germany and America where many activities have been organised. We need
only mention the major Pettersson festival of 1994, when most of his
larger works were performed by symphony orchestras in twenty-seven cities
in northern German.
there is a society in Sweden
November 2002 the Allan Pettersson Society was formed in Sweden by a group
of enthusiasts (see list of committee members). “The Society is an
independent non-profit-making society whose aim is to encourage a greater
understanding of Allan Pettersson and his music by promoting performances
of his works in Sweden and abroad, by providing information about his life
and work and by supporting research.”
would like to invite you to become a member of the Allan Pettersson
Society, because you have already been moved by his music and/or you want
to know more about his life and work.
can become a member by paying the annual subscription fee of 150 SEK to
the Allan Pettersson Society:
giro number 5743-7154.
write clearly on the paying-in slip:
Pettersson Society Subscription Fee
your name and address (and e-mail address where applicable).
receipt of your fee we will send you the most recent number of our members’
magazine. You will also receive ongoing information about meetings and/or
performances of Allan Pettersson’s music.
to the society! Please help us by spreading information about the society
to other people who might be interested.
of the Society:
Stig Jacobsson, chairman, head of planning, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra
Möllerstedt, vice-chairman, music publisher Tomas
Svendén, treasurer Nils
Larsson, secretary, music director, organist Lars Åke
Möllerstedt, vice-chairman, music publisher
Larsson, secretary, music director, organist
Lars Åke Lundberg
Feklistoff, general manager, Norrland Opera Company
Fredrik Paulsson, violinist
Erik Andrenius, Webmaster. Record Library of the Swedish Broadcasting
Carl von Essen
composer Allan Pettersson was born in 1911. He lived all his life in Södermalm
in southern Stockholm and he became a spokesman and interpreter for the
poor working-class people of that area. He played the viola in the Royal
Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra but left the orchestra in 1951 to devote
all his time to composing. His sixteen symphonies form the backbone of his
output. He died on the 20th June, 1980.