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August Söderman

(Johan) August Söderman (17 July 1832 in Stockholm – 10 February 1876 in Stockholm) has traditionally been seen as the pre-eminent Swedish composer of the Romantic generation, known especially for his lieder and choral works, based on folk material, and for his theatre music, such as the incidental music to Ludvig Josephson's Marsk Stigs döttrar ("Marshal Stig's Daughter"), 1866, or his Svenskt festspel ("Swedish Festival Music").

The son of a musical father and a pupil of the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm, he studied piano, but mastered the oboe and violin as well. In 1856–57 he studied counterpoint at the Leipzig Conservatory with Ernst Richter; there, in a musical culture that bore the imprint of Mendelssohn, he became familiar with the music of Robert Schumann and also with that of Richard Wagner. On his return to Stockholm he worked as a theatre conductor, and at the Royal Swedish Opera as choirmaster and eventually assistant conductor.

He wrote several operettas (The Devil’s First Try, 1856) and incidental music for about 80 plays, such as a Swedish translation of Schiller's Die Jungfrau von Orleans ("The Maid of Orleans"). His influence can be detected in the music of later Swedish Romantic composers, Hugo Alfvén and Wilhelm Peterson-Berger.

Söderman died aged 43. His music is virtually unknown outside Sweden.

Birth and Death Data: Born July 17th, 1832 (Stockholm), Died February 10th, 1876 (Stockholm)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1905 - 1937

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor B-2812 10-in. 10/16/1905 Swedish wedding march Arthur Pryor's Band Band Musical group, composer  
Victor C-2812 12-in. 10/16/1905 Swedish wedding march Arthur Pryor's Band Band Musical group, composer  
Victor B-24576 10-in. 11/19/1920 Sjung för mig William Stenberg Male vocal solo, with orchestra vocalist, tenor vocal, conductor, composer  
Victor B-27603 10-in. 2/17/1923 Bröllopsmarch International Concert Orchestra ; Nathaniel Shilkret Orchestra Musical group, conductor, composer  
Victor BVE-39515 10-in. 7/11/1927 Swedish wedding march Rosario Bourdon ; Victor Concert Orchestra Orchestra Musical group, director, instrumentalist, piano, composer  
Victor [Trial 1920-09-15-01] Not documented 9/15/1920 Längtan Esther Osborn Female vocal solo, with piano vocalist, soprano vocal, instrumentalist, piano, composer  


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"Söderman, August." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 22 June 2021.

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