Carl Michael Bellman
Carl Michael Bellman (Swedish pronunciation: [kɑːɭˈmîːkaɛl ˈbɛ̌lːman] (listen); 4 February 1740 – 11 February 1795) was a Swedish songwriter, composer, musician, poet and entertainer. He is a central figure in the Swedish song tradition and remains a powerful influence in Swedish music, as well as in Scandinavian literature, to this day. He has been compared to Shakespeare, Beethoven, Mozart, and Hogarth, but his gift, using elegantly rococo classical references in comic contrast to sordid drinking and prostitution—at once regretted and celebrated in song—is unique.
Bellman is best known for two collections of poems set to music, Fredman's songs (Fredmans sånger) and Fredman's epistles (Fredmans epistlar). Each consists of about 70 songs. The general theme is drinking, but the songs "most ingeniously" combine words and music to express feelings and moods ranging from humorous to elegiac, romantic to satirical.
Bellman's patrons included King Gustav III of Sweden, who called him a master improviser. Bellman's songs continue to be performed and recorded by musicians from Scandinavia and in other languages, including English, French, German, Italian and Russian. Several of his songs including Gubben Noak and Fjäriln vingad are known by heart by many Swedes. His legacy further includes a museum in Stockholm and a society that fosters interest in him and his work.
Birth and Death Data: Born February 4th, 1740 (Maria Magdalena parish), Died February 11th, 1795 (Klara Parish)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1917
Roles Represented in DAHR: composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix A-]972||7-in.||10/8/1901||Käraste broder||Swedish Quartet||Vocal quartet||composer|
|Victor||[Pre-matrix B-]3590||10-in.||10/8/1901||Käraste bröder||Swedish Quartet||Vocal quartet||composer|
|Victor||B-2387||10-in.||3/21/1905||Simple Simon||Arthur Pryor's Band||Band||composer|
|Victor||B-3531||10-in.||7/12/1906||Drick ur ditt glas||Joel Mossberg||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Victor||B-10637||10-in.||6/30/1911||Fredmans epistel no. 16||Torkel Scholander||Male vocal solo, with lute||composer|
|Victor||B-10642||10-in.||6/30/1911||Fredmans epistel no. 22 : Til the Nybyggare på Gröna Lund||Torkel Scholander||Male vocal solo, with lute||composer|
|Victor||B-10643||10-in.||6/30/1911||Fredmans sång, no. 35||Torkel Scholander||Male vocal solo, with lute||composer|
|Columbia||45768||10-in.||6/14/1915||Hvila vid denna källa||Swedish Glee Club of Brooklyn||Male vocal chorus, unaccompanied||composer|
|Columbia||43862||10-in.||February 1916||Undan ur vägen||Oscar Bergström||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||43863||10-in.||February 1916||Hör pukor och trumpeter||Oscar Bergström||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Columbia||44061||10-in.||either 1916 or 1917||Skratta, mina barn och varen glada||Joel Mossberg||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||composer|
|Gramophone||777ae||10-in.||Sept. 1909||Spinn, spinn||Torsten Lennartsson||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Gramophone||842ah||10-in.||Oct. 1910||Lik en herdinna||Torsten Lennartsson||Male vocal solo, with piano||composer|
|Gramophone||6960e||10-in.||Oct. 1907||Hvem är som ej vår broder minns||Grammophon Kvartetten||Vocal quartet||composer|
|Gramophone||7928e||10-in.||Mar. 1908||Fjäriln vingad syns på Haga||Grammophon Kvartetten||Vocal quartet||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bellman, Carl Michael," accessed August 3, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102389.
Bellman, Carl Michael. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 3, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102389.
"Bellman, Carl Michael." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 3 August 2021.
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