Image Source: Wikipedia

Jacob Niklas Ahlström

Jacob Niclas Ahlström (5 June 1805 in Visby, Gotland – 14 May 1857 in Stockholm) was a Swedish Kapellmeister and composer.

Beginning his studies at Uppsala University in 1824, Ahlström dropped out due to lack of money and joined a touring theatrical troupe. From 1832 to 1842, he served as a cathedral organist and music teacher in Västerås and then became a Court Kapellmeister and organist in Stockholm until his death. In 1845, he held a concert in Berlin, during which he played Swedish folk songs and dances.

Ahlström composed two operas based on libretti by Frans Hedberg, incidental music (for plays such as Agne, Positivhalaren, Ringaren i Notre Dame, and Hinko och Urdur), a vocal symphony, chamber music, and lieder. Together with Per Conrad Boman, he published Svenska folksånger, folkdanser och folklekar, the best-known collection of Swedish folk songs which appeared during the 19th century. In 1852, he also published the Musikalisk fickordbok (Musical Pocket Book), which enjoyed several reissues.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 5th, 1805 (Visby parish), Died May 14th, 1857 (Stockholm City)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1917

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 44055 10-in. either 1916 or 1917 Engelbrektsmarschen Joel Mossberg Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ahlström, Jakob Niklas," accessed October 19, 2020,

Ahlström, Jakob Niklas. (2020). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 19, 2020, from

"Ahlström, Jakob Niklas." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 19 October 2020.

DAHR Persistent Identifier



Send the Editors a message about this record.