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Jules Sylvain

Axel Stig Hansson (11 June 1900 – 29 October 1968), known professionally as Jules Sylvain, was a Swedish composer, screenwriter and musician.

Sylvain was born in Stockholm to actor Axel Hansson and actress and pedagog Valborg Hansson. At the age of 11, Sylvain began studying music at Lundsbergs boarding school but ran away from the school after four years. He studied piano lessons at Musikaliska Akademien between 1918 and 1920 and then continued to study at Music high school in Weimar between 1920 and 1922. He got his first income in 1918 as a café pianist in Stockholm. After that he worked as a musician in Germany for a few years. At his home coming in 1923 he made a name for himself at Kristallsalongen with the melodi Det är den dagliga dosisen som gör'et. During 1925 until 1928, Sylvain was employed as a chapel master for Karl Gerhard and composed a number of the singers songs.

As soon as the sound-film became established Sylvain started composing film music the first melody was Säg det i toner 1929, he was also for several years a musical advisor for Svensk Filmindustri. Sylvain composed several operettas the most known one is Zorina which had its premiere at the Stockholmsoperan in 1943. Sylvain also re-worked the music for the operetta The Merry Widow for its 1931 revival.

It is not completely known as to why Stig Hansson became Jules Sylvain sometime during the 1920s. One theory is that it was Ernst Rolf who thought that a successful composer could not have such a regular name as Stig Hansson. Another theory is that he looked in a lexicon and got his eyes on the French composer with the name Sylvain and then combined the first name of his youth favourite author Jules Verne. Another is that he admired the French composer Maurice Yvain, and because of that wanted a name that sounded similar.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 11, 1900 (Stockholm), Died November 1, 1968 (Castiglione della Pescaia)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1925 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter

Notes: Born Axel Stig Hansson and primarily known as Jules Sylvain; he also used the pseudonyms Einar Björke and Eugen Widman.

See Also: Björke, Einar

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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 66 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BVE-33270 10-in. 9/11/1925 Little Inga Arvid Franzen ; Einar Holt Accordion duet composer  
Victor BVE-36032 10-in. 8/10/1926 Spå valsen Eric Olson ; Ragnar Sundquist Accordion duet composer  
Victor BVE-38321 10-in. 4/1/1927 Inga Lill (Mazurka) Hjalmar Peterson Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-41359 10-in. 12/9/1927 Bor du hemna hos din mamma? Alfred Edström Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer  
Victor BVE-45304 10-in. 6/5/1928 Vintergatan G. Johanson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-47554 10-in. 9/24/1928 Anna du kan val stanna Fred Carlsten Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-48780 10-in. 1/15/1929 I barndomens angder George G. Hultgren Male vocal solo, with violin, cello, and piano composer  
Victor BVE-48790 10-in. 1/16/1929 Det star skrivet uti stjarnorna Svenska Sjömans Orkestern Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-48792 10-in. 1/16/1929 Vintergatan Svenska Sjömans Orkestern Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor BVE-48794 10-in. 1/16/1929 En liten flicka med resegrammofon Svenska Sjömans Orkestern Instrumental ensemble composer  
Victor 0NA397 10-in. before 4/27/1942 Op med selen Willys Ensemble ; Zetterstrøm & Kristoffersen Male vocal duet, with instrumental ensemble songwriter  
Columbia W106084 10-in. November 1925 Det blåser upp en sunna vind Teddy Larson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W106087 10-in. November 1925 Höstens violiner Teddy Larson Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W106972 10-in. July 1926 Spå valsen Fyrar Glada Gossar Instrumental quartet composer  
Columbia W107362 10-in. November 1926 Lapplandsvalsen Fyrar Glada Gossar Instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W107627 10-in. February 1927 Bor du hemma hos din mamma? Henry Corsell Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W109616 10-in. August 1928 Vintergatan E. Jahrl Nyhetskvintett Instrumental ensemble, with Hawaiian guitar composer  
Columbia W109953 10-in. 11/30/1928 Bonn-12an Arvid Franzen ; Gadde Instrumental Kvartett Instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W111350 10-in. December 1929 Lillan ska' sova' Oscar Danielson Orkester Instrumental ensemble, with male vocal solo composer  
Columbia W111936 10-in. approximately April 1930 Säg det i toner E. Jahrl's Dansorkester Instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W112939 10-in. April 1931 Efter vinter kommer vår : Valse romance, from "Charlotte Löwensköld" [Motion picture] Carl Halgren Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W112940 10-in. April 1931 För hennes skull : Vals romance, from "För hennes skull" [Motion picture] Carl Halgren Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W113001 10-in. June 1931 Våvkänslor Carl Halgren ; Jahrls Orkester Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W113003 10-in. June 1931 När ringarna växlas om våren Carl Halgren ; Jahrls Orkester Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia W113440 10-in. March 1932 Östan om manen och västan om solen Jahrls Orkester Instrumental ensemble composer  
(Results 1-25 of 66 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Sylvain, Jules," accessed May 24, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104645.

Sylvain, Jules. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved May 24, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104645.

"Sylvain, Jules." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 24 May 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104645

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