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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

Recordings

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 Vocal group, composer  
Victor [Pre-matrix B-]3590 10-in. 10/8/1901 Käraste bröder Swedish Quartet Vocal quartet Vocal group, composer  
Victor B-2387 10-in. 3/21/1905 Simple Simon Arthur Pryor's Band Band Musical group, composer  
Victor B-3531 10-in. 7/12/1906 Drick ur ditt glas Joel Mossberg Male vocal solo, with piano vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Victor B-10637 10-in. 6/30/1911 Fredmans epistel no. 16 Torkel Scholander Male vocal solo, with lute vocalist, tenor vocal, 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 vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Victor B-10643 10-in. 6/30/1911 Fredmans sång, no. 35 Torkel Scholander Male vocal solo, with lute vocalist, tenor vocal, composer  
Columbia 45768 10-in. 6/14/1915 Hvila vid denna källa Swedish Glee Club of Brooklyn Male vocal chorus, unaccompanied composer, Vocal group  
Columbia 43862 10-in. February 1916 Undan ur vägen Oscar Bergström Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 43863 10-in. February 1916 Hör pukor och trumpeter Oscar Bergström Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer, vocalist, baritone vocal  
Columbia 44061 10-in. either 1916 or 1917 Skratta, mina barn och varen glada Joel Mossberg Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, baritone vocal, composer  
Gramophone 6960e 10-in. Oct. 1907 Hvem är som ej vår broder minns Grammophon Kvartetten Vocal quartet Vocal group, composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bellman, Carl Michael," accessed June 22, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102389.

Bellman, Carl Michael. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 22, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102389.

"Bellman, Carl Michael." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 June 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102389

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