Karl-Birger Blomdahl

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Karl-Birger Blomdahl (born October 19, 1916, Växjö, Sweden - died June 14, 1968, Kungsängen, Sweden) was a Swedish composer and conductor.

He first wanted to study biochemistry and therefore came to Stockholm. Soon his interest in music became predominant. In 1935 he started taking lessons in musical theory and composition from Hilding Rosenberg. Soon he became the informal leader among the circle of friends called the Monday Group (other composers included Claude Loyola Allgén, Sven-Erik Bäck, Sven-Eric Johanson, Hans Leygraf and Ingvar Lidholm) in which new music and new techniques of composition were put under the microscope. They took as their starting point the “neue Sachlichkeit“ of Hindemith’s Unterweisung im Tonsatz. His music later moved towards the Second Viennese School and further marching towards the more experimental domains. During the fifties and sixties, Blomdahl was one of the most influential Swedish composers and music administrators. Apart from his radical work as a composer, he was working as a private composition teacher towards the end of the 1940's, between 1960 and 1964 he was Professor of Composition at the Academy, he was Secretary of the Swedish Section of the ISCM 1947-1956 and Chairman of Fylkingen 1949-1954. After a few years as consultant, he became head of the Music Broadcasting Department of the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation in 1965.

His notable works include: Pastoralsvit (1948), Symphony No. 3 "Facettes", I Speglarnas Sal (1952), the ballets Sisyphos (1954) and Minotaurus (1957), and the operas Aniara (1959) and Herr von Hancken (1964).
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33123 B Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Symfoni Nr 4 / Sinfonia Da Camera / Danssvit Nr 2 album art Dag Wirén, Sven-Erik Bäck, Karl-Birger Blomdahl Dag Wirén, Sven-Erik Bäck, Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Symfoni Nr 4 / Sinfonia Da Camera / Danssvit Nr 2(LP, Album) Swedish Society Discofil 33123 B Sweden 1956 Sell This Version
LT 33168 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Uvertyr Till "Marionetter" / Ritornell För Orkester / Sinfonia Da Camera / Danssvit Nr. 2 album art Hilding Rosenberg, Ingvar Lidholm, Sven-Erik Bäck, Karl-Birger Blomdahl Hilding Rosenberg, Ingvar Lidholm, Sven-Erik Bäck, Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Uvertyr Till "Marionetter" / Ritornell För Orkester / Sinfonia Da Camera / Danssvit Nr. 2(LP, Album) Swedish Society Discofil LT 33168 Sweden 1958 Sell This Version
M2L 405 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Aniara - An Epic Of Space Flight In 2038 A.D. album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl Aniara - An Epic Of Space Flight In 2038 A.D. Philips, Philips M2L 405 US 1960 Sell This Version
SXL 6180, SXL.6180 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Rites / Marionettes / Chamber Concerto album art Lidholm* / Rosenberg* / Blomdahl*, Sixten Ehrling, London Symphony Orchestra*, Hans Leygraf Lidholm* / Rosenberg* / Blomdahl*, Sixten Ehrling, London Symphony Orchestra*, Hans Leygraf - Rites / Marionettes / Chamber Concerto (Album) Decca, Decca SXL 6180, SXL.6180 UK 1965 Sell This Version
RIKS LP 2 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Forma Ferritonans - Danser Från Galanta album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl / Zoltán Kodály Karl-Birger Blomdahl / Zoltán Kodály - Forma Ferritonans - Danser Från Galanta(LP, Album, Mono) Expo Norr RIKS LP 2 Sweden 1965 Sell This Version
SCLP 1063 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Preludium Och Allegro För Stråkorkester • Spel För 8, Koreografisk Svit • Fem Sånger För Mezzosopran Och Piano album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl Preludium Och Allegro För Stråkorkester • Spel För 8, Koreografisk Svit • Fem Sånger För Mezzosopran Och Piano His Master's Voice SCLP 1063 Sweden 1966 Sell This Version
LPD 2 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Elektronmusikstudion Dokumentation 2 album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl / Bengt Emil Johnson Karl-Birger Blomdahl / Bengt Emil Johnson - Elektronmusikstudion Dokumentation 2(LP, Album) Sveriges Radio LPD 2 Sweden 1967 Sell This Version
VICS 1319 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Svit Ur Sisyfos / Ur Resa Till Amerika / Sinfonie Capricieuse album art Blomdahl* - Rosenberg* - Berwald* / Antal Dorati Conducting The Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra* Blomdahl* - Rosenberg* - Berwald* / Antal Dorati Conducting The Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra* - Svit Ur Sisyfos / Ur Resa Till Amerika / Sinfonie Capricieuse (Comp) RCA Victrola VICS 1319 UK 1968 Sell This Version
160156 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Perform Selections From 2001 A Space Odyssey / Music From Blomdahl's Opera Aniara An Epic Of Space Flight In 2038 A.D. album art Ormandy*, Philadelphia Orchestra* - Bernstein*, New York Philharmonic* — With The Gregg Smith Singers*, Morton Subotnik* / Blohmdahl*Swedish Radio* Ormandy*, Philadelphia Orchestra* - Bernstein*, New York Philharmonic* — With The Gregg Smith Singers*, Morton Subotnik* / Blohmdahl*Swedish Radio* - Perform Selections From 2001 A Space Odyssey / Music From Blomdahl's Opera Aniara An Epic Of Space Flight In 2038 A.D. (Comp, Album) CBS 160156 Brazil 1969 Sell This Version
TV.34318-S, TV 34318S Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Symphony No. 3 "Facetter" / Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia Semplice" album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl / Hilding Rosenberg Karl-Birger Blomdahl / Hilding Rosenberg - Symphony No. 3 "Facetter" / Symphony No. 6 "Sinfonia Semplice" Turnabout TV.34318-S, TV 34318S UK 1970 Sell This Version
RIKS LP 6 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - I Speglarnas Sal album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl I Speglarnas Sal (Album) Expo Norr RIKS LP 6 Sweden 1972 Sell This Version
RIKS LP 16 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Forma Ferritonans - Sisyfos album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl Forma Ferritonans - Sisyfos (Album) Expo Norr RIKS LP 16 Sweden 1973 Sell This Version
4E 061-35142, 7C 061-35142 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Symfoni No 10 / Symfoni No 2 album art Allan Pettersson / Karl-Birger Blomdahl / Antal Dorati Allan Pettersson / Karl-Birger Blomdahl / Antal Dorati - Symfoni No 10 / Symfoni No 2(LP) His Master's Voice, His Master's Voice 4E 061-35142, 7C 061-35142 Sweden 1975 Sell This Version
PMC 277 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Nordisk Atmosfär med Musica Sveciae album art Grieg*, Blomdahl*, Linde*, Rosenberg*, Söderlundh* Grieg*, Blomdahl*, Linde*, Rosenberg*, Söderlundh* - Nordisk Atmosfär med Musica Sveciae (Album) Polar PMC 277 Sweden 1977 Sell This Version
CAP 1251 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Facetter / Ouverture / Danssvit album art Blomdahl* / Broman* / Rosenberg*, Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester, Sixten Ehrling Blomdahl* / Broman* / Rosenberg*, Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester, Sixten Ehrling - Facetter / Ouverture / Danssvit(LP, Album) Caprice Records CAP 1251 Sweden 1982 Sell This Version
CAP 22016:1-2 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Aniara album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl Aniara (Album) Caprice Records CAP 22016:1-2 Sweden 1985 Sell This Version
CAP 1225 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Violinkonsert Nr 2; "...Resan I Denna Natt" album art Hilding Rosenberg, Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Leon Spierer, Elisabeth Söderström, Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester, Arvid Jansons, Yuri Ahronovitch Hilding Rosenberg, Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Leon Spierer, Elisabeth Söderström, Stockholms Filharmoniska Orkester, Arvid Jansons, Yuri Ahronovitch - Violinkonsert Nr 2; "...Resan I Denna Natt"(LP, Album) Caprice Records CAP 1225 Sweden 1985 Sell This Version
CAP 1169 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Fyra Kammarmusikverk album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl Fyra Kammarmusikverk(LP, Album) Caprice Records CAP 1169 Sweden 1985 Sell This Version
BIS-CD-165 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - A Swedish Pastorale - A Winter's Tale; Concerto For Oboe D'Amore; Suite No. 3; Piece For Cello & Strings album art Lars-Erik Larsson, Johan Helmich Roman, Kurt Atterberg, Hilding Rosenberg, Hugo Alfvén, Karl-Birger Blomdahl, The Stockholm Sinfonietta*, J.-O. Wedin*, Alf Nilsson, Nils-Erik Sparf, Jouko Mansnerus, Elemér Lavotha Lars-Erik Larsson, Johan Helmich Roman, Kurt Atterberg, Hilding Rosenberg, Hugo Alfvén, Karl-Birger Blomdahl, The Stockholm Sinfonietta*, J.-O. Wedin*, Alf Nilsson, Nils-Erik Sparf, Jouko Mansnerus, Elemér Lavotha - A Swedish Pastorale - A Winter's Tale; Concerto For Oboe D'Amore; Suite No. 3; Piece For Cello & Strings(CD, Album) BIS BIS-CD-165 Sweden 1988 Sell This Version
SCD 1037 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Sisyphos / Chamber Concerto / Facettes / Trio album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl Sisyphos / Chamber Concerto / Facettes / Trio(CD, Album) Swedish Society Discofil SCD 1037 Sweden 1988 Sell This Version
CAP 21365 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Symphony No. 3 / Sisyphus / Forma Ferritonans / "...The Journey On This Night" album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl Symphony No. 3 / Sisyphus / Forma Ferritonans / "...The Journey On This Night"(CD, Album) Caprice Records CAP 21365 Sweden 1988 Sell This Version
MAP CD 9024 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Karl-Birger Blomdahl album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra*, Stig Westerberg, Ola Rudner Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra*, Stig Westerberg, Ola Rudner - Karl-Birger Blomdahl(CD, Album) Malmö Audio Production MAP CD 9024 Sweden 1990 Sell This Version
BIS-CD-579 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Modern Swedish Piano Music album art Hans Pålsson , Piano - Karl-Birger BlomdahlIngvar LidholmDaniel Börtz Hans Pålsson , Piano - Karl-Birger BlomdahlIngvar LidholmDaniel Börtz - Modern Swedish Piano Music(CD, Album) BIS BIS-CD-579 Sweden 1990 Sell This Version
CAP 21424 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Karl-Birger Blomdahl: Chamber Music, In The Hall Of Mirrors album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra*, The Swedish Radio Choir*, Sixten Ehrling Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra*, The Swedish Radio Choir*, Sixten Ehrling - Karl-Birger Blomdahl: Chamber Music, In The Hall Of Mirrors(CD, Album) Caprice Records CAP 21424 Sweden 1992 Sell This Version
BIS-CD-611 Karl-Birger Blomdahl - The Three Symphonies album art Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra*, Leif Segerstam Karl-Birger Blomdahl - Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra*, Leif Segerstam - The Three Symphonies(CD, Album) BIS BIS-CD-611 Scandinavia 1994 Sell This Version