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Franz Adolf Berwald (born in Stockholm on July 23, 1796 and died there on April 3, 1868) was a Swedish Romantic composer who was generally ignored during his lifetime and had to make his living as an orthopedic surgeon and, later, as the manager of a saw mill and glass factory. He is now considered the finest Swedish composer of the 19th century, indeed probably the finest Swedish composer of any century.

Berwald came…

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  • The piano trios remind me of Mendelssohn's (and Schumann's to a certain degree), except more original and engaging in almost every respect. The Sinfonie singulière is a remarkable pre-echo of Nielsen, ~60 years earlier. Deserves to be a major name.
  • Truly an amazing Romantic composer!
  • Lovely symphonies.
  • Great composer. Totally underrated!! Hang in there, Franz!

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