Johan Alfred Ahlström (1833−1910)

Johan Alfred Ahlström, born on 1 January 1833 in Stockholm and died there on 26 March 1910, worked as a composer, church musician, choir director and music teacher. He studied organ at the educational institution of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music during 1849−53 and worked as an organist in the Änkehuset church in Stockholm during 1846−47 as well as within the Catholic Church in 1875−90. He was also employed as the bell ringer at German Saint Gertrud’s Church during 1849−78. He was a sought after director for choral associations such as the Typographic Association’s choir and the society Par Bricole. In 1857 he was made a non-voting member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.

Life

In the service of the organ and song

Johan Alfred Ahlström was the son of the journeyman saddle maker John Ahlström and his wife, Kristina Ulrika Dittling and was born on New Year’s Day 1833 in Stockholm. He remained unmarried. At a very early age Ahlström displayed a great gift for music and already at age eleven he appears to have played organ at his school’s morning gatherings. He was only thirteen years old when he began playing organ at the church for Änkehuset in Stockholm during 1846−47. He completed his teaching degree at the age of fifteen in 1848, and his organ examination the following year. He continued to study organ at the Kungliga Musikaliska akademiens undervisningssverk (the educational institution of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music), completing his degree there with the highest marks in 1853. At the time he had already worked at the Tyska kyrkan (the German Church) in the summers of 1849 and 1851. From the autumn of 1849 he also played the church bells there, which he continued to do through 1878. In addition he was an organist for the Katolska kyrkan (the Catholic Church) during 1875-90.

Ahlström was also often engaged as a director for choirs and social orders. The choir associations in Stockholm, which he taught and directed for shorter or longer periods, include Stockholms allmänna sångförening, Folksångföreningen, Par Bricole, Coldinuorden and Neptuniorden. He took a particular interest in the choir of the Typografiska föreningen (Typographic society) founded in 1846, which early on developed into Stockholm’s first permanent general choir and is considered to be the nation’s fourth-oldest choir.

His considerable involvement in freemasonry movements should also be noted as he composed numerous works for them and also served as organist in the Saint Johannes lodge, Saint Erik division. He was accepted into the Freemasons on 4 February 1862.

Composition student of Franz Berwald

Up until 1867 the Musikaliska akademiens undervisningsverk in Stockholm was not able to offer higher-level composition studies, but that year a course in artistic theory was established. At the academy’s meeting on 22 February 1867 it was unanimously decided that the 71-year old Franz Berwald (1796−1868) would be entrusted to lead a new composition course, something he immediately implemented with great eagerness. Three aspirants signed up for the course: Johan Alfred Ahlström, Joseph Dente (1838−1905) and Conrad Nordqvist (1840−1920). The latter two became known for future generations as a teacher and conductor, and as head of the opera, and although Ahlström had an extensive career of many years, it was more behind the scenes. In addition, all three of them were advanced in age and had to receive dispensation before being taken on as students. Since the regulations required that there be at least four students in order for the course to occur, an additional person was taken in from another of the institution’s departments, piano student Marie Louise Öberg (1836−1921). When she refrained from continuing in the autumn term, she was replaced by Oscar Hylén (1846−1886). Unfortunately, Berwald’s class was cut short when he died on 3 April 1868.

Included in his application to the composition class, Ahlström stressed the importance of this type of course work:

Until now it has been on the initiative of the undersigned along with other composers of this country − among whom I will only name a few of the most successful, for example, O. Byström, A. Söderman, I. Hallström, J. Dente – that we have been followers of a single individual’s willingness to share ideas and advice outside of composition’s higher department, within which I namely include the composition of religious and dramatic musical works with related treatment of a full orchestra. For the above named reasons I respectfully request that the Royal Academy of Music open a course of this nature, that the present important topics stemming from its very significance could be acquired – and that the undersigned could become an active part of it.

(Attachment to the Läroverkskollegiets (the Educational college’s) protocol 26 January 1867).

The need for qualified teaching was thus great, and that specific individual who was talked about and who had privately assisted with advice was Berwald himself, who now received an official role. That Berwald was successful and achieved results in a short time can be proved by the fact that the music of these student was played as early as 14 December 1867, during the Academy’s high Tuesday feast: Konsertuvertyr (Concerto overture) by Nordqvist, Symfoniskt allegro by Dente and Offertorium (for soloist, choir and orchestra) by Ahlström. The latter was judged to be an excellent composition as far as both the melody and the harmony were concerned. The young composers each conducted their own work. The Offertorium was performed again the next year on 1 March during one of the Academy’s concert matinees to which the Parliament – both the first and second chambers – were invited. After Berwald’s death, none of these students wished to return to the composition classes, which then became dormant for a time.

In his will, Ahlström bequeathed 2,000 kronor to the Academy’s stipend fund to be used to support a promising organ student.

Works

An abundant creative output

Johan Alfred Ahlström was an incredibly prolific composer who, from childhood during the 1850s, as well as during his time as a student under Berwald and continuing up until he died, composed over 600 works. Almost all of his creative production is closely connected to his various jobs and activities, either within the Katolska kyrkan or through his leadership of several choirs found within social organizations. He composed a large number of works for the church’s use, including some fifteen short masses – several of which are thought to have been lost – for various type of choirs, often with organ accompaniment. Also of note are his circa thirty musical settings of ‘Ave Maria’ for different constellations and contexts. It seems he preferred to compose new pieces instead of reusing previously written material. Even so, many of his works can be found transcribed for different vocal registers. In the Musik- och teaterbiblioteket (the Music and Theatre Library of Sweden) there are around 200 handwritten religious compositions and just as many secular works. Only a few of his works are in print.

Ahlström was a skilled craftsman and an often-inspired composer of relatively simple, functional music. He was able to write his songs so that they became richly varied by giving the verses of the often-strophic songs various forms, by switching between men’s and women’s choirs, or with the addition of solos. His piano accompaniment moves relatively freely.

Dominance of vocal music

Ahlström’s creative production is dominated, to the highest degree, by short works for male choir or male quartet along with other constellations of male voices. Most of them are undated and are missing information about the authors of the texts. Since the authors are named at least a few times, one suspects that the composer himself is responsible for many of the other texts. They are often connected to his work within the fraternal orders or choral associations – particularly the social order Par Bricole. The content of these works for male choir fluctuate from a couple of whole masses and a long string of shorter sacred works, to profane songs about nature, a soldier’s life, tributes to the Nordic countries and drinking songs. These songs often have a single verse that lasts around a minute. They can easily be placed in the mainstream of the choral tradition of the time, with a touch of folk song, but with no attempt to go outside the well-established harmonic style. The songs are decidedly pleasant to sing and approachable even for amateurs. The serenade ‘Slumra, ljuva’ was one of its time’s most popular works for male quartet – as early as 1904 it was recorded and reproduced on 78 rpm records by the group Solistkvartetten.

His arrangements of 37 songs by Carl Michael Bellman for male voices occupy a special place – at the time, they enjoyed a wide distribution and were immortalised by, among others, the male choir Orphei Drängar, which published a pair of recordings. For the Freemasons, Ahlström composed a number of works widely used in the society’s rituals.

Ahlström wrote not only for male voices; eight of his masses were written for mixed choir, for which he also wrote a large number of pieces for use in the church including offertories, funeral songs and evensongs. He also wrote some one-dozen solo songs.

In addition to vocal works Ahlström composed twenty shorter pieces for organ or piano four hands above and beyond the twenty funeral marches for organ he composed for the funerals of specific people. Many clearly bear the mark of works created for a single occasion.

Stig Jacobsson © 2015
Trans. Jill Ann Johnson

Bibliography

‘Ahlström, Johan Alfred’, in: Nordisk Familjebok, Stockholm: Nordisk familjeboks förlag, 1904, p. 381.
Castegren, Nils
: ‘Franz Berwalds kompositionselever vid Musikkonservatoriet 1867–68’, Svensk tidskrift för musikforskning, no. 1 1974, pp. 19−30.
Frimureriska tonsättare och frimurerisk musik, Uppsala: Forskningslogen Carl Friedrich Eckleff, 2006, pp. 306−307.
Henneberg, C. F.: ‘Johan Alfred Ahlström’, in: Svensk biografiskt lexikon, vol. 1, Stockholm: Bonnier, 1918, p. 327.
Höjer, Leonard
: ‘Johan Alfred Ahlström’, in: Musik-Lexikon, Stockholm: Lundqvist, 1864.
Lindfors, Per
: ‘Johan Alfred Ahlström’, in: Svenska män och kvinnor, vol. 1, Stockholm: Bonnier, 1941, p. 43.
Norlind, Tobias: ‘Johan Alfred Ahlström’, in: Allmänt musiklexikon, vol. 1, Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand, 1916, p. 13.
Nyström, Pia & Anne-Marie Elmquist
: Kungl. Musikaliska akademien: matrikel 1771-1995, Stockholm: Kungl. Musikaliska akademien, 1996, p. 225.
Vretblad, Åke: ‘Ahlström, Johan Alfred’, in: Sohlmans musiklexikon, vol. 1, Stockholm: Sohlman, 1975, pp. 70−71.

Summary list of works

Piano works, organ works, works for pump organ, vocal music (masses and choral works with and without orchestra), songs.

Collected works

The following abbreviations have been used: mixed choir = mx.c., men’s choir = m.c., women’s choir = w.c., organ = o.




Masses
Johannis-Messa A minor, mx.c., o., 1862.
Josephina-Messa E major, mx.c., o., 1873.
Jul-Messa C major, mx.c., o., 1864.
Messa A major, m.c., 1875.
Messa C major, m.c., 1875.
Messa D major, mx.c., o. [or string orchestra], ca 1873−75.
Messa för Fruntimmer [Kyrie & Gloria] D minor, w.c.
Missa brevis C major, 2 part children’s choir, 1881.
Missa brevis C major, mx.c., ca 1873−75.
Missa brevis D-flat major, mx.c., o., ca 1873−75.
Nyårs-Messa D minor, mx.c., o., 1859.
Pingst-Messa C major mx.c., o., 1873−75.
Viktoria-Messa A-flat major, 4 part w.c. + soprano solo, 1882.

Offertories
All Saint’s Day E major, tenor solo, mx.c., o.
Ascension Day mx.c.
Eugenia Day A-flat major, tenor solo, mx.c., o.
Christmas Day F major, choir, o.
Christmas Day D major, solo, o.
Christmas Day E-flat major, solo, o.
Napoleon’s Day A-flat major, m.c., mx.c., o. [or string orchestra].
Napoleon’s Day D-flat major, 6 part mx.c.
Offertorium A major solo, mx.c., o.
Offertorium A-flat major tenorsolo, mx.c., orchestra/organ. 1867.
Pentecost D major, mx.c.
Easter Sunday D major, 3 part m.c.
Easter Sunday F major, mx.c., o.
Easter Sunday C major, mx.c.
Easter Sunday G major, mx.c.
Easter Sunday E-flat major, tenor solo, 4 part m.c., o. [or string orchestra].
Communion E-flat major, tenor or baritone, mx.c., o.

Smaller choral works (sacred) gatherings
Aftonsång, mx.c. [partly composed, partly arranged], o. 1a. Hymn by J.A.A. ‘Ave Maris Stella’ D major, 1b. H… Hymn ‘Ave Maris Stella’ F major, 2. H&A: Litany ‘Kyrie’ D minor, 3. Kienge: O, Salutatis C major, 4. J.A.A. Parce Domine D minor, 5. J.A.A. Tantum Ergo D major, 6. J.A.A. Ave Maria C major, 7. Stabat Mater F major.

Funeral Songs, 1864. 1. Tonernas välde (‘Sången har vingar här!’, Böttiger) D minor, 2. Uppståndelse-sång (‘Evigt lif, ja, evigt lif’) A major, 3. Ps. 477:5 (‘Gud signe eder alla’, J. Svedberg) B minor.

Funeral Songs, arr. for school children SSA, Stockholm: Abraham Lundquist 1882. 1. Ps. 452 (‘Jag går mot döden, hvar jag går’), 2. Ps. 215 (‘Jesus allt mitt goda är’), 3. Ps. 461 (‘Så vill jag, innan det blir natt’), 4. J.A.A. Ps. 277 (‘Ho är den som trött av striden’), 5. Ps. 480 (‘I Christ sår jag somnar in’), 6. Ps. 491 (‘Sälle äro de …’), 7. Ps. 493 ‘Säll du, som menlös fann din graf’, 8. Graun: Begrafnings-hymn (‘Evigt lif, ja, evigt lif’), 9. E.G. Geijer: Svanhvits sång (‘Stilla, o stilla’), 10. Ps. 496 (‘Jesu, mig din ankomst gläder’), 11. F.B. Beneken: ‘O, huru stilla’, 12. L.v.Beethoven: Kantat ‘Flyg icke ifrån oss’, 13. E.G. Geijer: Aftonbetraktelse ‘Stilla skuggor breda sig i qvällen’, 14. J.A.A. Hymn ‘Stråle af det högre ljuset’.

Vesper-Psalmer & Tantum ergo, mx.c., o. Invitatorium 1. Dixit Dominus, 2. Confitebor, 3. Beatus vir, 4. Laudate pueri, 5. Laudate Dominum, 6. Magnificat, 7. Hymnus (Tantum ergo).

Smaller choral works (sacred) in alphabetical order
Ad nuptias (Ps. 335 ‘Corda, Deus’) C major, mx.c., o.
Adoro te devote, G major, duet
Ave Maria A major, 4 part m.c.
Ave Maria A major, solo, mx.c., o.
Ave Maria A major, solo, piano.
Ave Maria A-flat major, mx.c., o.
Ave Maria A-flat major, 4 part m.c.
Ave Maria A-flat major, 4 part m.c.




Ave Maria B major, solo, 5 part mx.c., accompaniment.
Ave Maria C major, mx.c.
Ave Maria C major, mx.c.
Ave Maria C major, 3 part w.c.
Ave Maria C major, 3 part m.c.
Ave Maria C major, 4 part w.c.
Ave Maria C major, 4 part w.c.
Ave Maria C major, 5 part mx.c.
Ave Maria C major, duet, o.
Ave Maria C major, m.c.
Ave Maria C major, 4 part m.c., obliggato violin.
Ave Maria D major, 3 part w.c.
Ave Maria D major, mx.c.
Ave Maria C minor, duet with o.
Ave Maria D-flat major, mx.c.
Ave Maria D-flat major, m.c.
Ave Maria D-flat major, m.c.
Ave Maria E-flat major, 3 part w.c., o.
Ave Maria E-flat major, solo, 6 part mx.c., 1852.
Ave Maria F major, mx.c., o.
Ave Maria F major, 3 part w.c., o.
Ave Maria F major, alto solo, mx.c., o.
Ave Maria F major, women’s trio.
Ave Maria G major, 5 part mx.c. (incomplete).
Ave Maria G major, solo, piano.
Ave maris stella C major, mx.c.
Ave maris stella D major, 3 part w.c., o.
Ave maris stella F major, duet.
Ave verum F major, mx.c.
Ave verum: Hell dig E major, mx.c., o.
Ave verum: Stråle af det högre ljuset A major, mx.c.
Beatus vir E-flat major, mx.c.
Benedictus A-flat major, mx.c.




Benedictus B-flat major [from Messa no. 4], mx.c.
Bön A minor (J.O. Wallin), mx.c.
Cantate C major, m.c., mx.c., o.
Creator alme siderum D minor, duet.
Credo D major, mx.c.
De vise män från Österland A major, m.c.
Ecce Dominus C major, mx.c.
Ecce Dominus E-flat major, duet.
Efter vigseln (‘Gud, se i nåd’) A-flat major, 8 part alternating choirs.
Enkla Sånger, mx.c. 1. Hvar jag sjunger, 2. Prisen (Hymn) 3. Långfredagshymn, 4. Ledstjernan till Betlehem, 5. Nyårshymn (‘Lofsjungen Herran!’), 6. Påskhymn (Hvad ljus), 7. Pingshymn (‘Helige ande!’) 8. Jesu doliris victima, 9. Hymn (‘Gif nåd, att jag’), 10. Bön (‘O, Fader, blicka ned’).
Folksång (‘Gud du som skyddat har’) E-flat major, m.c.
Gloria G major, mx.c.
Gondoliersång (Ave Maria) G major, m.c.
Hymn Ave Maris Stelle D major, mx.c., o.
Hymn Långfredagen (‘Guds rena Lam’, ‘O Salutaris’) F major, mx.c.
Hymn (‘Kom, Helge Ande’) C major, solo, m.c., 6 part mx.c., o.
Hymn (‘Lofsjungen Herran’) C major, m.c.
Hymn (‘O Salutaris’, ‘Guds rena lam’, ‘Långfredag’) F major, mx.c.
Hymn (‘Pris vare vår Gud’) A major m.c.
Hymn (Ps 335 ‘Gud välsigna’) A major mx.c.
Hymn vid Brudvigsel (Ps 336 ‘O, du, hvars kärlek’) D major, mx.c.
Hymn (‘Ära vare Gud’) F major, mx.c., o.
Hymnus (‘Veni Creator’) A major, m.c.
Hymnus (‘Veni Creator’) F major, unison singing.
Hymnus (‘Ut queaut laxis’) F major, mx.c.
Ite Missa est E-flat major, mx.c., o.
Jul (‘Stilla, heliga frid’) E-flat major, mx.c.
Julhymn (‘Det folk som uti mörker’) C major, solo, mx.c., o., 1891.
Kantat (‘Gud Zebaoth’, J. Nybom) E major, m.c.
Kyrie D major, mx.c., o.
Kyrie A-flat major, mx.c.
Ledstjernan till Betlehem G major, m.c.
Litania B minor, mx.c. 1. Kyrie eleison, 2. Sancta Maria, 3. Regina angelorum, 4. Agnus Dei.
Litania (Kyrie) F minor, mx.c., o.
Lofsång (Halleluja!) A-flat major, m.c., 1851.
Lofver Gud! C major, m.c., o.
Magnificat G major, 3 part w.c.
Marianska antiphoner: 1. C major mx.c., 2. C major (Alma Redemptoris) duet.
Marias Lofsång: B-flat minor duet.
Mariæ Broderskapets Aftonsång: Ave Maria A-flat major 3 part mx.c., o., 1. Hymn: Ave Maris Stella E major 3 part mx.c., o., 2. Tantum ergo G major mx.c., o., 3. Litania 3 part mx.c., o., 4. Sub tuum G major 3 part mx.c., o., 5. Parce Domine C minor mx.c., o., 6. Ave Maria tenor solo, choir.
Miserere E minor, mx.c., o.
O esca viatorum C major, 7 part m.c.
O esca viatorum C major, duet.
O Salutaris A major, mx.c.
O Salutaris A-flat major, mx.c.
O Salutaris B-flat major, m.c.
O Salutaris C major, 3 part w.c.
O Salutaris D major (‘Veni Creator’), mx.c.
O Salutaris E-flat major, 4 part w.c.
O Salutaris F major, 5 part mx.c.
O Salutaris F major, mx.c.
O Salutaris F major, mx.c.
O Salutaris G major, 3 part mx.c., piano.
O Sanctissima G major m.c., F major m.c.
O, Deus, ego amo te F major, duet.
Offertorium A-flat major, mx.c.
Parce Domine A minor, mx.c.




Parce Domine B minor, mx.c.
Parce Domine C minor, 3 part w.c.
Parce Domine D major, mx.c., o.
Parce Domine D minor, m.c.
Popule Meus D minor, 7 part mx.c.
Ps. No 477 (‘Gud signe eder alla’) B minor, m.c.
På min 60de födelsedag 1/1 93 (Ps. 360 ‘Jag hafver en gång’) choir, o.
Påskhymn F major, solo, mx.c., o.
Påsksång (‘I, söner, döttrar’), mx.c.
Regina cœli lætare C major, 3 part mx.c.
Regina cœli lætare D-flat major, mx.c., o.
Requiem A minor, m.c., o.
Requiem A minor, m.c., o.
Sacris solemniis D major m.c.
Salve Regina C major, duet with accompaniment.
Salve Regina D major duet
Salve Regina F major mx.c., o.
(Salve) Regina G major m.c.
Salve Regina C major, duet with accompaniment, Regina G major m.c., D major duet, F major mx.c., o.
Sanctus (vid Requiem) E-flat major mx.c.
Soli Deo Gloria E major mx.c.
Stabat mater C major, duet.
Stabat mater C minor, 3 part w.c., o
Stabat mater D major, 3 part w.c.
Stabat mater D minor, mx.c., o.
Stabat Mater: Canon F minor, soprano, tenor, o., E minor m.c.
Sub tuum: E-flat major mx.c., o., G major mx.c.
Tantum ergo C major, mx.c.
Tantum ergo C major, m.c.
Tantum ergo C major, solo & o.
Tantum ergo E major, mx.c.
Tantum ergo E-flat major, 4 part mx.c.
Tantum ergo F major, duet.
Tantum ergo F major, 3 part w.c.
Tantum ergo G major, 4 part w.c.
Tantum ergo G major, mx.c.
Tantum ergo G major, mx.c., o.
Tantum ergo G major, duet.
Te Deum: F major mx.c.
Veni Creator: C major 5 part mx.c., G major trio.
Veni lauete spiritus C major mx.c.
Veni lauete spiritus E-flat major mx.c.
Veni, Sancte Spiritus G major mx.c.
Vid en Väns Graf (Hvila, o Broder) C major m.c.
Vid Grafven (Han har kämpat) A-flat major m.c.
Önskan (Jord, du som lifvet) C minor m.c.

Smaller vocal works (profane)
Collections in alphabetical order:
Bellman’s songs arr. for men’s voices and dedicated to the P.B. Society. Stockholm: Elkan & Schildknecht 1865. 1. Fader Berg i hornet stöter, 2. Bacchi härolder med guld och beslag, 3. Opp, Amaryllis!, 4. Blåsen nu alla, 5. Aldrig en Iris, 6. Böljan sig mindre rör, 7. Movitz, tag dina pinnar, 8. Ur vägen, 9. Hör, I Orfei drängar, 10. Käre bröder, så låtom oss supa i frid, 11. Sjung och läs nu Bacchi bröder, 12. Ordens härolder tan era spiror, 13. Hvila vid denna källa, 14. Storm och böljor tystna re’n, 15. Bort allt vad oro gör, 16. Gubben är gammal, 17. Venus, Minerva, 18. Käraste bröder, systrar och vänner, 19. Movitz blåste en konsert, 20. Nå, ödmjukaste tjenare, gunstig herr värd, 21. Fader Bergström, stäm upp och klinga, 22. Har du något i flaskan qvar, 23. I närvarande parter, 24. Utterqvist! Ja! Mörtberg! Hursa?, 25. Hvem är, som ej vår broder mins?




Four quartets for men’s voices. Dedicated to Sveriges skarpskyttar, 1861. 1. Sång för Stockholms skarpskyttekår ‘Vak upp! Vak upp ut ur din dvala (-ed-) C major, 2. Framåt, framåt! ‘Framåt, framåt i Nordens tappra män (J) F major, 3. Sångar-Marsch ‘Bröder låt sången skalla’ D major, 4. Wapenklang ‘Upp männer till vapen!’ (Reinhold) F major.

Mixtum Compositionem: Tantum ergo D major mx.c., Ave Maris Stella G major mx.c., God nat m.c., God natt m.c., På vågen ‘Julle uppå fjärden’ m.c., Ave Maria A major m.c., Serenad ‘Dagen låter’ m.c., Kyrie C major mx.c., O Salutaris D major mx.c., Parce Domine A minor mx.c., Min lära m.c., Till en fågel på nattkvisten m.c., Ångbåtens Lof m.c., Tro ej glädjen 5 part mx.c., Benedictus mx.c., Ave Maria ur Johannis-Messan, Likhet m.c., Ave Maria E-flat major mx.c., Majsång m.c., Arigi dalomna ‘Somna! Somna! Sof, lugna dal!’ (Z. Topelius) m.c.

Quartet for men’s voices. 1. Till Sverige (‘Du hafsbesköljda höga Nord’) E major, 2. Jägaren (Karl XV, ‘Med bössan under armen’) G major, 3. Höstafsked (‘Den sköna sommarsolen redan tågat’) A-flat major, 4. Flaggan opp! (‘Hissa flaggan ärad utaf verlden’) D major, 5. Till en fågel (‘Säg mig, du lilla fågel’) E-flat major, 6. Mitt Fosterland (‘Mitt Fosterland, jag älskar dig’) E-flat major, 7. Våren (C.F. Dahlgren, ‘Våren slår ut sina vingar’) G major, 8. Sylvias visa (Z. Topelius, ‘Hvem är du, fri och klara ton’) F-sharp minor, 9. Sång för Skandinaver (‘Norden är ett brödralag’) E-flat major, 10. Vårhälsning (‘Våren snart stiger på blomstrande vingar’) G major, 11. Tidens flykt (‘Mera snabb än vind och vågor’) D major, 12. Dryckes-sång (‘Drick ur! Blott ett val, se den skummande pokal’) F major, 13. Invitation till dans (‘Valsens toner ljuda’) C major, 14. Lundagård (‘Fritt må stormar över fälten ryta’) G major, 15. Hymn (Ps 262, ‘Hör den bön dig hjertat egnar’) C major, 16. Tonernas välde (C.W. Böttiger, ‘Sången har vingar’) E minor, 17. Flickan på stranden (‘Skön jungfru satt på stranden’) A minor, 18. Skaldens aftonbön (E. Tegnér, ‘Sol som från mig flytt’) E-flat major, 19. Vårmorgonen (‘Natten låg så glad och still’) A major, 20. Vikingens sång (K.A. Nicander, ‘God natt, god natt, god natt’) E major, 21. Vid Eugèn von Stedingks Graf den 30 juli 1871 (‘Bitter var striden’) B-flat major, 22. Gut’ Nacht, Fahr wohl (‘Gut’ Nacht, Fahr wohl’) E-flat major, 23. Afton huru skön (J. Nybom, ‘Afton huru skön’) A minor, 24. Sverige (Ludwig, ‘Jag vet ett land’) D major.

Quartet for men’s voices. 1. Våren (‘Våren slår ut sina vingar af guld’) G major, 2. Blomman (‘När sig våren återföder’), 3. Sång för skandinaver (‘Norden är ett brödralag’) E-flat major, 4. Sverige (Ludwig, ‘Jag vet ett land, jag vet ett herrligt land’) D major.




Songs for men’s voices, 1st collection, printed. 1853. 1. Framåt (‘Framåt! du unga sångarskara’) B major, 2. Vårsång (‘Ja, bort utur kammarn den qvafva må vinden’) C major, 3. Marche (‘Från vårt hjärtas djup utgången’) D major, 4. Svensk krigsmarche (‘Till vapen upp! Guds egen stämma’) C major, 5. Dryckes-sång (‘Slå i! Slå i! Slå i! Låt alla sorger fara’) E major, 6. Baccanal (‘Bröder när bålen oss vinkar tillsammans’) C major, 7. Nordens Aand (‘Der gaaer en mæktig Aand gjennem Norden’) E-flat major, 8. Kom milda sken! (‘Kom milda sken, af ett förborgadt ljus’) C major, 9. Till en fågel (‘Säg mig du lilla fågel’) D major, 10. Till aftonstjernan (‘Stjerna! qvällens dotter du’) A major, 11. Visa (‘Ja, ack! att jag hade mig vingar’) D minor, 12. Trio (‘Säg hvem du var’) D major, 13. Trio (‘En blyg Charit i Nordens vår’) E-flat major, 14. Trio Afskeds-Sång (‘Farväl! farväl! du sköna sal’) F major, 15. Till hvilan (‘Älskade hvila vagga nu in’) F major, 16. Fjerran (‘Vind, du som smeker flickans kind’) F major, 17. Serenad (‘Slumra, slumra, slumra varma hjerta’) F major, 18. Rolig natt (‘I den tysta nattens ro’) A minor, 19. Slumra (‘Slumra ljufva! re’n på jorden, allt så stilla’) F minor, 20. O, flyn! (‘O, flyn! O, flyn! I klara silfvertoner’) D-flat major, 21. Sjömannen (‘Hurra! Hurra! Hurra! Hurra! Hur skönt vid stormarnas strid’) E-flat major, 22. Morgon-Hymn (‘Ur nattens djupa sköte, en nyfödd dag går upp’) D-flat major, 23. Sången (‘Säg, har du hört när sångens toner’) C major.




Songs for men’s voices, 2nd collection. 1. Drapa (‘I Nordens rika sagoland’) E-flat major, 2. Sverige (‘Jag vet ett land, jag vet ett herrligt land’) D major, 3. Marsch (‘Bland Sveas söner alla’) E-flat major, 4. Marsch (‘Svea du moder! Träd fram’) D minor, 5. Afskedssång (‘Så klar står himlen i den tysta qvällen’) B major, 6. Serenad (‘O, hur stilla stjernenatten’) D major, 7. Skymningssång (‘Unga sköna, natten stundas’) F minor, 8. Sjöröfvar-Sång (‘Framåt på hafvets vilda ban’) E major, 9. Fiskar-Sång (‘När morgon strör guld öfver hafsytans bryn’) C major, 10. Serenad (‘Sakta rusar aftonvinden’) A major, 11. Sehnsucht (J.W. v.Goethe, ‘Kennst du das Land’) E-flat major, 12. Minnes-blommor (J. Nybom,’Dagen har flytt, Qvällen är sval’) F minor, 13. Serenad (Ludwig, ‘Re’n i de blåa stjerneklara salar’) E minor, 14. Sång och Kärlek (‘Hör hur stilla vinden susar’) E-flat major, 15. Rings Drapa (E. Tegnér, ‘Sitter i högen högättad höfding’) C minor, 16. Hvad moln kring Österns rand (J. Nybom, ‘Se dagen grånar för vår syn’) C major, 17. Fritiof kommer till Kung Ring ‘Kung Ring han satt i högbänk’) (Tegnér) C major, 18. Den unga Barden (J. Nybom, ‘Den unga Barden i kriget går’) C major, 19. Natt-tankar (‘När skuggor joden hölja’) D-flat major, 20. Upsala Students Marsch (‘Hell eder Manhems frejdade slätter’) (Tjasse) F major, 21. Flyr du mig än (‘Flyr du mig än?’) D major, 22. Hvilans Genius (‘Du till de sorgsna hjertan’) G major, 23. Erotiskt svärmeri (‘O säg mig, när skall jag dig finna’) C minor, 24. Höstsång (‘Det mörknar över sjö och land’) D minor, 25. Hymn till Svenska Folket (‘Åter har morgon grytt’) B-flat major.




Twelve Bellman Songs, arr. for men’s voices, collection 1–2, 1865 (epistel 2, 30, 27, 8). 1. Träd fram, du nattens gud, 2. Fjäriln vingad syns på Haga, 3. Liksom en herdinna högtidsklädd, 4. Klang, mina flickor!, 5. Du har att fordra af mitt sinne, 6. Så slår min Glock nu locket till, 7. Så lunka vi så småningom, 8. Se, god dag, min vän, 9. Närvarande vid fluidum, 10. Fader Motitz, bror!, 11. Drick ur ditt glas, 12. Supa klockan öfver tolf.




Twelve Four-Part Songs for Men’s Voices – dedicated to the P.B. Society, Stockholm: Riis, 1863. 1. Hymn till fosterlandet (J.A. Hultman, ‘Sverige, du som hjeltar ammar’) D major. 2. Sång vid inträde i Bachi Orden (J.F.Fr., ‘Vill du hos Bacchus bli Ordens-kamrat’) E-flat major, 3. Känner du landet? (B.E. Malmström, ‘Känner du landet?’) E major, 4. Vårvisa (‘Vårvind dansar öfver sjön’) A major, 5. Bacchanalisk marsch (‘Fram! Fram! Framåt fram’) A major, 6. Sång till våren (‘En Engel är den sköna vår’) C major. 7. Jägar-Sång (‘Ej Jägarn aktar vind och våg’) E-flat major, 8. Vårvisa (J. Nybom, ‘Friska natur!’) F major, 9. Vårsång (G. de Vylder, ‘Jag strängar dig gyllne lyra’) E major, 10. Bön (R. Wiklund, ‘Himlars Konung. Du som leder’) E-flat major, 11. Sång till Fosterlandet (‘Hell Svea land! Du dyra moder’) G major, 12. Förgät mig ej! (‘Det står en liten blomma vid stranden af en ö’) A major.




Trios for basses. 1. Tidens flygt ‘Mera snabb än …’ D major, 2. Skärkarlens visa E major, 3. Afskedssång E minor, 4. Nordbons kärlek och hopp B-flat major, 5. Sången A-flat major, 6. Serenad ‘Slumra, ljufva, slumra’ F major.




Trios for men’s voices, Stockholm: Riis, 1883. 1. Till en Fågel (J.L. Runeberg, ‘Säg mig du lilla fågel’), 2. Sommarnatten (‘Nattliga stunden sänkes mot lunden’) G major, 3. Vind och Våg (‘Vind, du som smeker min älskades kind’) G major, 4. Lycklig den (‘Lycklig den, hvars lefnad flyter’), 5. God nat (‘God nat, min søde, min elskede Viv’) F-sharp minor, 6. Det var en säg’n (‘Det var en säg’n i Svithiod’) C major, 7. Vid Bålen (‘Bröder. Se bålen den fröjdas och röker’), 8. Yngling, kransa dina hår (‘Yngling, kransa dina hår’) G major, 9. Säg hvem du var (‘Säg hvem du var?’), 10. Färgät ej mig! (‘Hör du i qvällens ro sig smyga’) F major.

Songs in alphabetical order for men’s voices in manuscript
Men’s ensembles with or without soloist, with or without accompaniment
Aftonröster (‘Stilla, stilla susa’), m.c.
Ave Maria D-flat major, m.c.
Baccanal (‘Vill du hos Backus’) E-flat major, m.c.
Blommorne (Frans Hedberg), baritone solo and m.c.
Brage-Polka (‘Kom med mig’) A-flat major, m.c.
Bröder, låt sången skalla. Sångarmarsch, m.c.
Campana A major, m.c.
Den ringa gåfvan B major, 3 part m.c.
Dryckes-chör (‘Bröder, ack drickom’) F major, m.c.
Dryckes-sång (‘Bålen oss vinkar’) D major, m.c.
Dödgräfvaren A minor, m.c.
Farväl! F major 3 part, m.c.
Fjerran (‘Ser jag mot himmelen’) G major quartet for basses.
Flyttfåglarna C major, 3 part m.c.
Frimurare-Högtidssång G major, m.c., o.
Frühlingslied (‘Die Luft ist blau’) C major, quartet for basses.
Gubbsuck (‘Vi gamla gubbar’) E major, m.c.
Gute Nacht E major, m.c.
Helsning till Jenny Lind Våren 1845 E-flat major, m.c.
Hembygden (‘Minns du ett land’) A-flat major, m.c.
Hymn (‘Du som kväfver jodens öden’) E-flat major, m.c.
Hymn (‘Prisen i världar’) C major, m.c.
Hymn vid Brudvigsel. Ps 335 E-flat major, m.c.
Hymnus: Ave Maris Stelle F major, trio.
I skogen (‘Der träd och buskar gröna’) E major, m.c., piano, ca 1850.
Jägar-Sång (‘När solen ur’) E-flat major, m.c., 4 trumpets.
Klagande sång C minor, m.c.
Kvintett (utan ord) A major 5 part m.c.
Linnea Borealis (‘En blyg Charit’) D major, m.c.
Lycklig den G major, m.c.
Marsch (‘Hur varmt slår ej hjertat’), m.c.
Med det fyllda glas D major 3 part, m.c., C major m.c.
Medaljörs-visan Canon G major, m.c., 1880.
Min tro, solo with choir or piano.
Minns du den gången E minor, 3 part m.c.
Mötet (‘Skön jungfru gångar sig’), F-sharp minor m.c.
Naturen F major, m.c.
O Sanctissima F major, m.c.
Serenad. (‘Slumra, ljufva! Re’n på jorden’), m.c.
Serenad (‘Snart hon nalkas’) G major, m.c.
Serenad (Kärleksdikter) (J. Nybom) G major, m.c.
Soldatgossen C major, m.c.
Stagnelius (‘Hög och hemlighetsfull’) G major, m.c.
Stora klockan i St. Clara A minor, m.c.
Studentvisa (‘Vi äro andens fria folk’) D major, m.c.
Svensk Frihetssång (‘Hastigt mod’) F major, m.c.
Sylvias visa (Z. Topelius) F minor, m.c.
Sylvias visa (Z. Topelius) E minor, m.c.
Så fyll ditt murar’värf C major, choir, o.
Sång på Förenings-dagen 4 Nov. 1864 E-flat major, m.c.
Sång till Flickorna E-flat major, m.c.
Sång till vänskapen E-flat major, m.c.
Sång vid inträde i Bachi Orden E major, m.c.
Sångar-lösen D major, m.c.
Sången (‘Säg, har du hört’) A major, m.c.
Söner af Svithiod G major, m.c.
Tidens flygt (‘Mera snabb’) F major, 3 part m.c.
Till A F Strömbergs minne (‘Slutad är striden’), m.c., o.
Till min själ D minor m.c.
Trio (‘Du strålar klar’) F major, 3 part m.c.
Uppståndelse-sång A major, m.c.
Upsala Studentmarsch F major, m.c.
Var tyst, var tyst, du bölja blå A-flat major, 4 part choir.
Vid en väns graf (‘Hvila, o, Broder’) C major, m.c.
Vid Grafven (‘Lifvet är kornet’) A major, m.c.
Vårsång (‘Våren nalkas’) D major, m.c.
Välsignad den stund A major, m.c.
Östersjön (‘Du blånande haf’) C major m.c., B-flat major, m.c.

Men’s voices in a sketchbook that do not exist elsewhere
Number from the sketchbook, errant numbers correspond to previously named, composed works.
11. Hör hur stilla vinden susar.
12. Aftonen (‘Ren sig qvällen synes höja’).
15. Flyr du mig än.
18. Nordbons hopp och kärlek (‘Det trivs en vext på jorden’).
20. Natt-tankar (E.J. Stagnelius).
21 Sångarens hem (‘Mitt hem är så ringa’).

Songs for mixed choir
Bönen och Sången E major.
Der står en blomma E major.
Festhymn: 1. Tidens stämma talar C major, mx.c., 2. Solo, 3. Solo, 4. Trasten, forsen C minor.
Geijers tanke C major.
Hvar jag sjunger E major.
Marias Lofsång B-flat major.

Songs for women’s choir
Lugn var dagen A major, 3 part w.c.
Qvällen (‘Solen sjunker’), 2 part w.c.

Solo songs
Auf meiner Mutter Grab G minor.
Ave Maria A major.
Blommorna (F. Hedberg).
C J Uddmans visa (E. Sehlstedt) D minor.
Den muntra gubben E-flat major.
De två kämparne. Sång på femtionde årsdagen af Sverges och Norges förening den fjerde November 1864 (F. Hedberg, ‘Der bodde två kämpar vid nordan fjäll’), solo with piano.
Hennes bild (Ludwig) F major.
Hvi suckar det så tungt (B.E. Malmström).
Kyrko-Aria (Dav. 26., Ps. 2v) E major.
Likhet (J.L. Runeberg) E major.
O, säg mig, säg! G major, 1868.
Romans (‘Du är liksom en blomma’) E major, 1856.
Till en fågel (J.L. Runeberg) B-flat major.

(Various arr. for m.c. of works by Gluck, Vogler, Naumann, Hæffner, Geijer, O. Lindblad, Wennerberg, DuPuy, some 50 folk melodies, etc.).

Instrumental music
Organ, harmonium or piano
Some works lack information about which instrument they are composed for
Allegro for full organ and with fuga E-flat major (incomplete).
Allegro maestoso C major, Preludium F major, Fugato C minor, Nachspiel D major
Allegro & Adagio, 4 hands piano A-flat major.
Andante religioso, harmonium.
Andante religioso G major for cello, bass and organ, 1872.
Fantasie, o. F major (incomplete).
Fantasia öfver ‘Rosens Bild’, 4 hands piano.
Fuga, o. C major.
Fuga G minor, 4 hands piano.




Funeral march A minor G Mankell 20/3 1880.
Funeral march A minor Prosten Lindberg, Toresund 23/4 1896.
Funeral march A minor in memory of A.V. Dahlgrens 28/6 1892 (with string orchestra).
Funeral march A minor in memory of John H 1885.
Funeral march C minor.
Funeral march C minor.
Funeral march C minor.
Funeral march C minor.
Funeral march C minor 1876.
Funeral march D minor D.J. Uddman 6/6 1878.
Funeral march E minor.
Funeral march E minor.
Funeral march E minor in memory of Sam E 1900.
Funeral march F minor.
Funeral march F minor.
Funeral march G minor.
Funeral march G minor.
Funeral march B minor in memory of C.E. Wennerquist 1893.
Inlaga till Hartmanns sorgmarsch vid Torvaldsens bisättning.
Marcia serioso A minor.
Marcia Zvintiana C major.
Marsch A-flat major.




Marsch C minor till L. Högtidsdag 22 mars.
Marsch D major.
Marsch E-flat major.
Marsch G major.
Organ piece F minor and Fugata F major 1851.
Preludium och fuga, o. G minor 1852.
Småplock, o.
Tempo di Marcia (Memory of 20 sept. 1881).
Vid sorgehögtiden C minor.

Wind orchestra
Högtids-Marsch B-flat major.
Marsch E-flat major.
Sverige E-flat major.

Dance music
Elf. Galopp A-flat major.
Hambo-Polkette E major.
La véritable Polka B-flat major.
Maria-Vals G major.
Pettersbergs-Polka G major.
Polka A major.
Polska F major.
Vals E major.

Works for the freemasonry movement
Andante religioso.
Frimurarvisan arr. two tenors and bass with piano accompaniment.
Compositions for organ [13 pieces].
Men’s quartet with organ.
Marcia.
Ritual music for II and VIII grades.
Funeral march (for A.V. Dahlgren and eulogy) [2 pieces].
Funeral music for Carl XV eulogy 1873 A minor.
Funeral music for Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria, 1889.
Tonernas välde.
Vid utgången från Kapitlet.


Works by Johan Alfred Ahlström

This is not a complete list of works. The following works are those that have been inventoried so far.

Number of works: 2