Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960)

Symphony no. 1 in F minor

opus 7

1. Grave — Allegro con brio
2. Andante
3. Allegro, molto scherzando
4. Allegro, ma non troppo

  • Year of composition: January 1897, rev. 1903-04 and August-December 1948
  • Work category: Symphony
  • Dedication: To my Mother
  • First performed: 14 February 1897, the Royal Court Orchestra, cond. by Conrad Nordquist, revision 1: 10 May 1904 with the Royal Court Orchestra cond. by the composer.
  • Duration: 37 min

Instrumentation

• version 1 (1897/1903-04):
4*.3*.3*.3 / 4.2.3.1 / timp, 1 perc / str
(picc, cor angl, bass clar)
• version 2 (1948):
3*.2*.2.2 / 4.2.3.1 / timp, bass dr / str
(picc, cor angl)

Examples of printed editions

Version 2: Gehrmans, 1951 (C.G.4571)

  • Location autograph: Stiftelsen Musikkulturens främjande
  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: Autograph to version 2 at Uppsala University Library

Examples of recordings

• Swedish Society Discofil (LP 1972/CD 1986)
Radiosymfonikerna, cond. Stig Westerberg
• BIS-CD-395 (1988)
Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Neeme Järvi
• Naxos (1997)
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, cond. Niklas Willén

Description of work

1. Grave F minor 4/4
2. Andante C minor 3/4
3. Allegro, molto scherzando G major 3/4
4. Allegro, ma non troppo F major 6/4