Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960)

Symphony no. 5 in A minor

opus 54

I. Lento - Allegro non troppo
II. Andante
III. Lento - Allegro - Presto molto agitato
IV. Allegro con brio

  • Year of composition: Mov. I, Tibble January 1942, mov. II Tibble 6 December 1951, mov. III, mov. IV Tibble 23 April 1952, version 2 Tibble 6 October 1952
  • Work category: Symphony
  • First performed: Mov. I 1 May 1942 the Royal Opera, the Royal Court Orchestra, the entire work Stockholm 30 April 1952, cond. Carl Garaguly.
  • Duration: Approx. 50-60 min
  • Detailed duration: Mov. I separate 19-22 min


3*.3*.3*.3* / 4331 / timp, 3 perc / str
(picc, cor angl, bass clar, dbn, gong, bass dr, xyl, trgl)

Location for score and part material

Svensk Musik

  • Location autograph: Uppsala Universitetsbibliotek
  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: UUB VMhs 182:4. The composition period stretches over 10 years, 1942-1952.

Examples of recordings

Mov. I
Swedish Society SLT 33174 (LP), SCD 1013, 1987 (CD)
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Stig Westerberg

Phono Suecia, PSCD 109, 1997 (rec. 1942)
The Royal Court Orchestra. cond. Hugo Alfvén

Entire work
BIS CD-585, 1993, BIS-CD 1478/80, 2004
Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Neeme Järvi

Naxos 8.557612
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, cond. Niklas Willén


Hedwall, Lennart, Hugo Alfvén, 1973, pp. 185-193

Hedwall, Lennart, Den svenska symfonin,1983, pp. 206-209.

Tillman, Joakim, Några aspekter på Hugo Alfvéns femte symfoni. Alfvéniana 1-2/12, pp. 7-8, 17-23.

Description of work

First movement
Lento A minor 4/4

Second movement
Andante D-flat major 3/4

Third movement [Scherzo]
Lento C minor 3/4

Fourth movement
[Allegro con brio] alla beve A major


Andersson, Olof, En okänd version av Hugo Alfvéns femte symfoni Alfvéniana 3-4/07