Jacob Ekström (1893−1950)

Organist, composer and, choir leader Jacob Ekström was born 29 May 1893 in Trosa and died in Gävle on 18 June 1950. He was educated as an organist at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Stockholm where he ended his studies in 1914. Beginning in 1916 he was employed as an organist and choir leader in Gävle. He also composed a large number of chamber music works including songs, organ and piano pieces, string quartets and four symphonies.

Life

Childhood and student years

Jacob Ekström’s mother died while he was still quite young. Shortly afterwards his father disappeared from his life. He also had an older brother who died young. Jacob Ekström then grew up in the Malmö area with two aunts who were both active within the Baptist movement. Ekström applied to, and was accepted into the Musikkonservatoriet (the Royal Conservatory of Music) in Stockholm. After several years his aunts thought that he had studied enough and that it was time for him to serve as a musician in the Baptist movement.

Jacob Ekström quickly earned the reputation of being very gifted. Besides organ performance he also studied composition with Ernst Ellberg who was one of the era’s most prominent musical figures. Through the years, Ellberg taught a string of composers who would later gain great success – among them was Lars-Erik Larsson. Ekström’s aunts strove to get him to break off his studies in order to work as an organist within the Baptist movement. His teacher, Otto Olsson, fought in vain for Ekström to continue his studies, and in the end the aunts got their way. Ekström left his studies in 1914 before they were completed and left Stockholm at the same time. Most written sources about him refer to him with the title, music director.

Move to Gävle

Several years after ending his studies, Jacob Ekström moved to Gävle where he was employed as an organist and choirmaster in the Baptist’s Immanuelskyrkan (Immanuel Church). A short time later he met his wife Elvira (née Myrén) and in 1919 their son Hans was born.

Five years later, for unknown reasons, Jacob Ekström left the Baptist congregation in Gävle. He quickly found a new job as the organist within the newly formed Staffan’s congregation that was a part of the Svenska kyrkan (the Swedish Lutheran Church). Church activities took place in an assembly hall in a district of Gävle called Brynäs until 1932, when the construction of Staffan’s Church was completed. At the inauguration that was led by archbishop Erling Eidem, music by Jacob Ekström and others was performed.

When the organist position at Staffan’s Church was to be formally put into place five years after the inauguration, Jacob Ekström was chosen for the position. He had been the organist and choirmaster for the congregation since 1924. However the Church Council’s choice was challenged by a parishioner. According to the newspaper Aftonbladet, the reason was that another candidate for the job with good qualifications had been neglected, while Ekström was not formally qualified to seek the organist position. The matter was taken further to the Kungliga Musikaliska akademien (the Royal Swedish Academy of Music), but Ekström was eventually hired anyway.

Adulthood

Claes Holmgren, the current cathedral organist in Visby and former organist at Staffan’s Church, has devoted himself to the music of Jacob Ekström and earlier was even in contact with his son Hans – now deceased – who spoke of his father and the family’s time in Gävle. Among other aspects, Hans Ekström spoke of his father’s feelings of inferiority toward the organist and composer Gottfrid Berg, who worked in Gävle’s largest congregation, Heliga Trefaldighet (the Holy Trinity).

Unlike his colleague Berg, Jacob Ekström had no students. Even so, the family had a good income thanks to a rental property they owned that gave them a relatively stable economy besides the job as organist. On a personal level it appears that Jacob Ekström had severe mood swings that seem to be based on his unhappiness with himself and his achievements in life. This also applied to his own compositions, which he sometime would literally rip to pieces. In 1946, for unclear reasons, the family left their home in Brynäs. Several years before his death in 1950 he also stopped composing and displayed what we would call today symptoms of burnout.

Works

Jacob Ekström was a very prolific composer and during his early years at the Brynäs assembly hall wrote a large number of organ pieces, songs for various types choral ensembles – with and without accompaniment – as well as solo songs and other chamber music. Under the pseudonyms ‘J. E. Talby’ and ‘J.E. Toby’ he also composed popular songs and music for entertainment in smaller forms, with titles such as ‘Sommar-hambo’, ‘Karneval’ and ‘Den första valsen’.

When Staffan’s Church with its symphonic organ, built by E.A. Setterquist & Son, Örebro, was completed in 1932, it was like a shot in the arm for Jacob Ekström’s composing. He began to develop his own more personal aesthetic – even though it continued to be influenced by role models from romanticism. From the end of the decade he also began to write in larger forms, including both of his cello concertos from 1939 and 1940, and an organ concerto in 1941. These were followed by three string quartets and four quintets for various instrumentations. Beginning in 1944 and for the following three years, he composed four symphonies and a concerto for oboe and chamber orchestra, in which he further develops his expressive range and takes on a somewhat more contemporary musical style.

In addition to the music that Jacob Ekström himself performed in Staffan’s Church in Gävle during his employment, and the organ works that Claes Holmgren has performed and even recorded, a great part of Ekström’s large creative output has yet to be premiered. One exception is the Second Symphony that was premiered by the Gävle symphoniorkester at the Gävle Theater on 19 January 1947. Both the Aftonbladet and Svenska Dagbladet were there and reviewed the work – however the reviews were unsigned.

Aftonbladets assessment speaks of a ‘modern Beethoven with a tonal emphasis on modern and an inclination toward P. B. [Wilhelm Peterson-Berger].’ and highlights the originality – above all in the instrumentation. Svenska Dagbladet considers the symphony to be dominated by a classical formality, but that the harmonic aspects are unmistakably modern. Both newspapers noted that the concert was well attended and that Jacob Ekström ‘who was present in the theatre was energetically acclaimed’.

Göran Persson © 2016
Trans. Jill Ann Johnson

Bibliography

Hedwall, Lennart: Den svenska symfonin, Stockholm 1983: Almqvist & Wiksell, p. 336.
Holmgren, Claes: ‘Tonsättare i slagskuggans ruta’, Kyrkomusikernas tidning, vol. 63, no. 10, 1997, pp. 8−9.

Sources

Musik- och teaterbiblioteket.

Summary list of works

Works for orchestra (4 symphonies, 2 cello concertos, concerto for oboe and chamber orchestra, concerto for organ and strings, etc.), chamber music (3 string quartets, quintets for various instrumentations, two sextets, trios, duets for violin and piano/organ), piano works, songs (ca. 100 with piano/organ accompaniment), songs for various types of choral ensembles, organ works.

Collected works

Orchestra
Suite for string orchestra, 1943.
Symphony no. 1 E-flat major, 1944.
Symphony no. 2 C major, 1945.
Symphony no. 3 A major, 1946.
Symphony no. 4 C minor, 1947.
Sagor berättade vid kvällsbrasan, n.d.

Concerti for solo instrument and orchestra
Concerto no. 1 D major for cello and orchestra, 1939.
Concerto no. 2 A major for cello and orchestra, 1940.
Concerto for organ and string orchestra, 1941.
Concerto A major for clarinet and orchestra, 1943.
Concerto B-flat major for oboe and chamber orchestra, 1944.
Concerto E-flat major for french horn and orchestra, 1944.
Concerto for bassoon B-flat major and chamber orchestra, 1945.
Romance for violin and orchestra G major, 1946.

String quartets
String quartet no. 1 A minor, 1941.
String quartet no. 2 D minor ‘Passionskvartetten’, 1942.
String quartet no. 3, F major, 1944.

Quintets
Clarinet quintet D major [clarinet, strings], 1942.
Oboe quintet B-flat major [oboe, strings], 1942.
Quintet E-flat major for flute, oboe, clarinet, french horn and bassoon, 1943.
Piano quintet E-flat major [piano, strings], 1946.

Sextets
String sextet A major, 1942.
Sextet D major for flute, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola and cello, 1946.

Septet
Septet D major for clarinet, bassoon, horn, 2 violins, viola and cello, 1944.

Trios
Fantasy for organ, piano and violin. Score, 2 parts.
Kyrie eleison [for two violins, cello and organ], 1940. Score and parts.
Legend [for two violins, cello and organ], 1940. Score and parts.
Vals. For violin, cello and piano, 1923. Score [only for vl, piano], vlc missing.

Instrument with piano/organ accompaniment
Adventshymn (‘Brinn, brinn, du stjärna’) for cello and organ. Only vlc part [notation in G-clef].
Cantabile for violin and piano. 1917. Score [pencil].
Canto amoroso. For violin, cello and piano. 1926. Score [only for vl, piano], 2 parts.
Canzona [for violin, cello and piano] 1928. Parts.
Dans på logen. Hambo for piano. 1925.
Din synd, o värld, besinna. Swedish hymn 90. Organ chorale. 1948.
En dröm. For violin and piano. Score [pencil].
Grave for violin and organ or piano. Score [pencil], parts.
Grave for violin and piano. 1932. Score.
Gunillas vaggvisa for cello and piano. 1941. Score, parts.
Melody for violin and piano
Prière. For piano. 1930. [Also one part:] Cello or violin.
Romance [for cello and piano] 1923. Parts.
Romance no. 1 [for violin and piano/organ, E major] 1939. Score.
Romance no. 2 [for violin and piano, A major] 1939. Score.
Ständchen. For violin and piano. 1937. Score, parts.
Ständchen [for violin, cello and organ] 1939. parts.
Suite [for cello and organ/piano, C major] 1936. 1. Preludium, 2. Alla minuetto, 3. Pastorale, 4. Gigue, 5. Largetto. Score.
Tango serieuse. 1930. [For violin and ?]. Only vl part.

Mixed choir with or without piano/organ accompaniment
Ack Herre Jesu hör min röst. Swedish hymn 63:13−15. For organ, mixed and unison choir. 1927. Score.
Allhelgonadag (‘Skaran tätnar’, G. Brander). For mixed choir. 1935. Score, 22 parts. Also 2 copies for voice and organ, see also Sånger vid orgeln.
Dig, min Fader, jag nu beder. For mixed choir. Text and music ... Score [pencil].
Dig skall ditt Sion sjunga. Swedish hymn 1:7. For mixed choir and organ. 1940. Score.
Förvår.
Höst (‘Nu sjunger kvällens vind’). For mixed choir. 1928. Score.
Gläd dig du helga kristenhet! Swedish hymn 59:1,5. For mixed choir. 1930. Score [Here composed together with:] Julsång (‘Ära vare Gud i höjden’). For mixed choir. 1930. Score.
Jag nu den säkra grunden vunnit. Swedish hymn 583:1, 8. [Pencil:] Composed for the laying of the cornerstone for Staffan’s Church in Gefle 1930. [Title in pencil:] Grundstensläggningen. [For mixed choir]. Score, 16 parts. 1. Jesu, du mitt liv, min hälsa. Swedish hymn 76:1,8.
I den natt då Jesus blev förrådd. For mixed choir and organ. Organ part.
I dödens band låg Herren Krist. Swedish hymn 113:1,4. For choir and organ. 1941. Score.
Julhymn (‘Lyssna, hör i stilla natten’). For mixed choir and echo choir and organ. 1922. Score, organ part.
Nu faller skymningen, for mixed choir. 1922.
O Du, som ger. Swedish hymn 502. For mixed choir. 1931. Score.
Psalm (‘Hur är ditt namn’). King David’s 8th psalm: J.L. Runeberg.
På bönens vingar. 1920. [SSATB]. Score, see also Sånger. (Del I). 6. [Here composed together with:] ‘Låtom oss höja glädjerop’. Dav. ps. 95:1,2,6,7. For mixed choir. 1920. Score, see also Sånger. (Del I). 2. Lovsång.
Påsksång, see Sånger. (Del I). 19.
Salig, salig, den som kände. Swedish hymn 45:8. For mixed choir. 1931. Score.
Skörd (‘Solbranden vaggar’). 1923.
Sånger. (Del I). For mixed choir, 4−8 parts. 1920−1922. [Contents: 1. Bergen må vika, 2. Lovsång (‘Låtom oss höja’), 3. Jesus allt mitt goda är, 4. Bliv hos mig kvar, 5. Håll dig vid klippan, 6. På bönens vingar, 7. Låten barnen komma till mig! (‘Barnen höra Guds rike till’), 8. O, vad är välan fröjd på jorden, 9. I Herren jag salighet har, 10. Hymn (‘Hur härligt vittnar’), 11. Bön (‘O Gud, min Fader’), 12. Guds starkhet griftens stängsel bryter (‘Påsk ringes in’). For mixed choir, organ and piano, 13. Tackom Herren!, 14. Missionssång (‘O du mänskors fader’), 15. Låt mig i tron dig se!, 16. Härligt är ditt namn, 17. Människones Sånger. (Del II) For mixed choir, 4−8 parts. 1923. [Contents: 1. Fader, vi bedja dig, 2. O Fader, see i nåd till mig, 3. Vi lova dig!, 4. Helig (‘Fader, Son och Helge Ande’), 5. O, gode Fader, 6. Pris vare dig, 7. Herren av himlen]. Score.
Tillbedjan (‘Helig, helig’). For mixed choir. 
Vår kraft o Gud, föröka. Swedish hymn 421:5. J.O. Wallin. For mixed choir – for the high mass at the installation of the pastor at Staffan’s Church, Gefle, 1935. Score, 22 parts.
Våren [for mixed choir] (E. Sehlstedt], 1919.
Våren [or] Psalm om våren (‘Nu längas dagens stunder’). 1922.

Children’s choir
Hör i fria rymder skalla. For children’s choir. 1916. Score [pencil]
Morgonpsalm (‘I öster stiger solen’). For children’s choir.

Women’s choir
Bönepsalm (‘Ödmjukt sinne giv oss’, J.L. Runeberg). For women’s choir. 1923. Score.
Det gula soldiset.
Helgat ljus! (‘Lys, helga ljus’, E. Åsbrink). For women’s choir and organ. 1935. Score, 8 parts.
Två sånger for women’s choir: 1. Änglahälsningen (‘Så Gabriel med hälsning’), 1925, 2. Till fromma jungfrun ängeln kom. 1926. Score, 5 copies.
Änglahälsningen, see Två Sånger for women’s choir

Manskör
På gårdens trappa
Salig är den (G.E. Schröder). For men’s choir. 1927. Score.
Senhöst på stranden (‘Vattnet stelnar’, J. Hemmer). For men’s choir. 1926.
Sommar (‘Sommar i skogen’, B. von Rosen). Arr. for men’s choir. 1929. Score.

Choir with or without piano/organ accompaniment and solo voice
Herrens bud (‘Hvad säge nu vår Herre Gud’, J.L. Runeberg). For mixed choir, women’s and men’s choir baritone solo. 9 Scores.
Låt mig i tron dig se! [T solo, SATB]
O Gud som herdar givit. Swedish hymn 314:1,2,5. Arr. for choir, solo baritone and organ for the installation of the pastor at the Staffan’s congregation, Gefle 1935. Score, parts and 22 choral parts.
Cantata (‘Stå upp, du Herrans folk’) for the inauguration of Elim Chapel in Norrtälje 1916. For mixed choir, tenor-baritone obbligato violin and organ.
Stjärnan från Betlehem (‘Se, jag bådar eder’). For mixed choir with solo soprano. 1918. Score

Voice and piano/organ/strings
Aftonen (‘Re'n sig kvällen’, A. Randel). [For voice and piano]. [Pencil].
Aftonpsalm (‘Till natt det åter lider’, J.L. Runeberg). For voice and piano. 1928. 2 copies, 1 in pencil.
Alienor (‘Slut är korta brottningen’, O. Levertin), ballad for voice and piano. 1923.
Allhelgonadag (‘Skaran tätnar’, G. Brander), for mixed choir. 1935. Score, 22 parts. Also 2 copies for voice and organ., see also Sånger vid orgeln.
Askepilten, see Visor by B. Gripenberg.
Av hjärtat haver jag dig kär. Swedish hymn 297:1. For voice and string orchestra, piano. 1942. Keyboard.
Bergen må vika, see Sånger. (Del I). 1
Bliv hos mig kvar, see Sånger. (Del I). 4.
Blomstervisa, see Två Sånger with piano accomp. [I] and Solosånger [III]. 1.
Brinn, brinn, du stjärna. Text by E.N. Söderberg. For voice and piano. 1939.
Bäckens slutsång, see Två Sånger med pianoaccomp. [I] samt Solosånger [III]. 5
Bär mig, herde!, see Sånger vid orgeln.
Bön (‘Herre dämpa sorg’, G. Lindeberg), for one voice with piano accompaniment.
Bön (‘Hjälp mig Jesu’). Swedish hymn 203:1,3,4. For voice and piano. 1932.
Bön (‘Min Jesu uppå dig’), see Jesu, du mitt liv, min hälsa.
Bön (‘O Gud, min Fader’), see Sånger. (Del I). 11.
Bön (‘Skingra Gud all tvivlans dimma’). Swedish hymn 168:4−5. For voice and organ. 1933.
Bön om frid, see Solosånger [II] Bön om ro (‘Herre, det är ju så ringa’, Jarl Hemmer). For one voice and piano. 1926.
Damernas vals (‘På röda klackar’, H. Forsberg). For voice and piano. 1923.
Dig allena vare ära! Swedish hymn 8:1,3,5. For voice and organ or piano. 1933.
Dig, Herre Gud är ingen lik. Swedish hymn 32:1,5. For voice and organ or piano. 1931.
Dig, min Fader, jag nu beder. For mixed choir. Text and music ... Score [pencil].
Du stod ju i drömmarnas närhet (N. Thorén). For voice and piano. 1943.
Du är liksom en blomma.
En dag har gått, vars ok var tungt (V.A. Kaskenniemi. For voice and piano. 1939.
En enkel visa (‘Nu är sommarn här’, A. Mörne). 1929. [For voice and piano]. [Pencil].
En fura står.
En röd aster, see Sånger for solo and piano. 1922
Erinnerung (‘Minnes du väl’). Vals for voice, violin and piano. Score, 2 parts.
Fader vi bedja dig, see Sånger. Andra samlingen. 1.
Fjärilvisa (‘Sätt dig här bland jungfrulin’, E. Blomberg). For voice and piano. 1926.
Fjärran och nära.
Från tidevarv till tidevarv (S. Gabrielsson, Swedish hymn 177). For voice and string orchestra or piano. 1943. Keyboard.
Förvår.
Gud Faders son av himmelrik, see Sånger vid orgeln.
Gud, vår Gud, för världen all. Swedish hymn 510:1, 2, 8. For voice and organ or piano. 1937.
Guds starkhet griftens stängsel bryter, see Sånger. (Del I). 12.
Gullbarn (‘Utan tvivel, fråga, strid’, G. Lindeberg), sång for one voice and piano. 1927.
Helig.
Herren är himlen, see Sånger. Andra samlingen. 7.
Herrens bud (‘Hvad säger nu vår Herre Gud’, J.L. Runeberg). For mixed choir, women’s and men’s choir with solo baritone. 9 Score.
Hjärter, see Lyriska pianostycken: Första samlingen. 6.
Hosianna (‘Solen lyser på kyrkoprakten’, G. Lindeberg). For voice and piano. 1926.
Hyllning, see Sånger. (Del I). 20.
Hymn, see Sånger. (Del I). 10.
Håll dig vid klippan, see Sånger. (Del I). 5.
Härligt är ditt namn, see Sånger. (Del I). 16.
Höljet (‘Heliga pilträd’). [Poem by] Ned. For voice and piano. 1937.
Höst.
I en nyårskväll, see Tre sånger with piano accomp. or organ.
I Herren jag salighet har, see Sånger. (Del I). 9.
I höstens tid (‘När livet blommat ut’). Text and music... 1928. [For voice and piano]. [Pencil sketch].
Inför Jesusbarnet (‘Till dig jag mig söker’, G. Brander). For voice and organ or piano. 1935.
Jag lyfter mina ögon upp till bergen. King David’s 121st psalm for one voice with organ or piano accomp. 1932.
Jag nu den säkra grunden vunnit (Swedish hymn 583:1,8). [Pencil note:] Arr. for the laying of the conrnerstone at Staffan’s Church in Gefle 1930. [Title in pencil:]
Grundstensläggningen. [For mixed choir]. Score, 16 parts. 1. Jesu, du mitt liv, min hälsa. Swedish hymn 76:1, 8. 2. Bön (‘Min Jesu uppå dig’, Swedish hymn 176:9, 10). For voice and organ or piano. 1932.
Jesu intåg i Jerusalem. Oratorium. Text from the Bible.
Jesus allt mitt goda är, see Sånger. (Del I). 3
Jul-bön (‘Milde Jesus, kom i kväll’, Z. Topelius). For voice and organ. 1932.
Julsång, see Gläd dig du helga kristenhet!
Kersti (‘Juninatten blänkte’, G. Lindeberg). For one voice and piano. 1926.
Klockbojen (‘Det klingar’, K. Asplund). For voice and piano. 1926.
Kung Liv och Drottning Död, see Sånger for solo and piano. 1922.
Kvinnobön (‘Förr bad jag för dig’, B. Spong). For voice and piano. 1945.
Kväll i skogen (‘Nu sjunker soln’, O. Levertin). For voice and piano. 1923.
Kvällsvandring (‘Dimman tung över heden’, E. Ekstrand). For voice and piano. 1923.
Källan (‘Jag kom till en källa’, G. Hede). For voice and piano. 1926.
Kärlekens visa, see Tre sånger ... Pär Lagerkvist Landet Vitavall (‘Fager skiner solen’, A.M. Roos) for voice and piano. 1933.
Livet är en fest. En liten foxtrot ... 1930. Music and text for the refrain... [For voice and piano].
Lovsång, see Sånger. (Del I). 2
Långt har vandrarn att färdas (K. Asplund). For voice and piano. 1940.
Låt i skogen, see Solosånger [III]. 4.
Låt vid gungan, see Tre sånger. 1925.
Låten barnen komma till mig, see Sånger. (Del I). 7.
Låtom oss höja glädjerop, see Sånger. (Del I). 2.
Lovsång.
Längtan (W.L.). 1928.
Lycka, see Solosånger [II].
De lyckliga öarna (‘Över vattnen’, B. von Rosen). Sångvals. 1929. [For voice and piano].
Lördag. Dikt av G. Lindeberg. 1926. For voice and piano.
Midsommarpsalm (‘Du är min midnattssol’, G. Brander). 1935. [For voice and organ], see also Sånger vid orgeln.
Minnets jul (‘Till skogarnas bygd’, G. Lindeberg). For voice and piano. 1928.
Missionssång, see Sånger. (Del I). 14.
Mor död, see Solosånger [I].
Mor Jord (‘Nu vill jorden gå till sängs’, B. Bergman). For voice and piano. 1920.
Mor spelar (‘Mor i kvällens skymning’, H. Forsberg). For voice and piano. 1918. [Also one copy composed together with:] Vita mössan. For voice and piano. G. Lindeberg. 1918., see also Tre sånger with piano accomp.
Morgonens hjärta, see Solosånger [III]. 2.
Människones son, see Sånger. (Del I). 17.
Nu så kommer julen [for voice and piano, Z. Topelius] 1919.
När fjällbruden blommar (‘Säg liten’, G. Lindeberg). 1916. [For voice and piano]. [Pencil].
O du som gav ditt liv för fåren. Swedish hymn 285:6. For voice and organ. 1936.
O Fader, see i nåd till mig, see Sånger. Andra samlingen. 2
O, gode Fader, see Sånger. Andra samlingen. 5.
O Gud, all sannings källa, see Sånger vid orgeln.
O Jesu, än de dina. Swedish hymn 187.
O, vad är välan fröjd på jorden, see Sånger. (Del I). 8
Ode till havet och hösten (‘Med flygande manar av skum’, A. Österling). For voice and piano. 1928.
Om dagen vid mitt arbete. Folkvisa. [For voice and piano]. [Pencil] Passionskvartetten, see Quartet, strings, no. 2, D minor.
Pris vare dig!, see Sånger. Andra samlingen. 6.
Psalm i såningen, see Sånger for solo and piano. 1922.
Psalm om våren (‘Nu längas dagens stunder’), see Från bygden därhemma En psalm om våren (‘Ännu en gång’), see Tre sånger. 1925.
Psalm vid vigsel (‘Vi önska nu’). Swedish hymn 232:1. For voice and organ. 1945.
På förstubron, see Solosånger [III]. 6.
Påsksång, see Sånger. (Del I). 19.
Regnavisan (‘Regnet sjunger i bok och lind’, K. Asplund). For voice and piano. 1941.
Romance, see Fyra pianostycken. 2 En röd aster, see Sånger for solo and piano. 1922.
Skeppet, see Tre sånger with piano or organ.
Slut dina ögon, kära (P. Lagerkvist). For voice and piano. 1945. 2 copies.
Snart skall Ditt ljus uppgå (‘Ensamme vandrare’, G. Brander). For voice and piano. 1936.
Snö och is (‘Från skyn den gråa kalla’).
Schäublin. [For voice and piano]. [Pencil].
Solosånger [I] (O. Levertin). 1922.
Sömnens slott (‘Bland susande pilar’), Visa i folkton II (‘Över granarnas kronor’). [For voice and piano].
Solosånger [II]. 1922. 1. Lycka (‘Som blad från narcissernas’, O. Levertin), 2. Visa i folkton I (‘Den första fjäril’, O. Levertin), 3. Bön om frid (‘Frid är fröjd’, J.L. Runeberg), 4. Var mig nådig. King Dav. 57th psalm. [For voice and piano].
Solosånger [III], with piano accomp. 1. Blomstervisa (‘Som liljorna i natten’, E.A. Karlfeldt) 1924, 2. Morgonens hjärta (‘Komma den eviga morgonen nära’, A. Österling), 1924, 3. Trädens sus (‘Och hjärtan åldras’, A. Österling), 1924, 4. Låt i skogen (‘Vallarlåt’, A. Mörne), 1925, 5. Bäckens slutsång (‘Mitt vattensus’), 1925, 6. På förstubron (‘Skymningen faller’, A. Mörne), 1925, 7. Ensam under fästet (A. Mörne), 1925.
En solskensbröllopsdag (‘På min allrakärestas’, V. Sjögren). For voice and piano. 1918.
Sonett till livet (‘Vårt liv det är droppar’, K. Olsson). For voice and piano. 1937.
Staden (‘Säg finns på vår jord’, E. Stiebel). For voice and piano. 1935.
Sång i blomningen, see Sånger for solo and piano. 1922.
Sånger. (Del I). For mixed choir, 4−8 parts. 1920−1922. [Contents: 1. Bergen må vika, 2. Lovsång (‘Låtom oss höja’), 3. Jesus allt mitt goda är, 4. Bliv hos mig kvar, 5. Håll dig vid klippan, 6. På bönens vingar, 7. Låten barnen komma till mig! (‘Barnen höra Guds rike till’), 8. O, vad är välan fröjd på jorden, 9. I Herren jag salighet har, 10. Hymn (‘Hur härligt vittnar’), 11. Bön (‘O Gud, min Fader’), 12. Guds starkhet griftens stängsel bryter (‘Påsk ringes in’). For mixed choir, organ and piano., 13. Tackom Herren!, 14. Missionssång (‘O du mänskors fader’), 15. Låt mig i tron dig se!, 16. Härligt är ditt namn, 17. Människones Son (‘Han på korset’), 18. Psalm (‘Kom Jesu, kom’), 19. Påsksång (‘O påskafröjd’), 20. Hyllning (‘Vårt hell i dag vi höja’)]. Score.
Sånger. Andra samlingen. For mixed choir, 4−8-stämmig. 1923. [Contents: 1. Fader, vi bedja dig, 2. O Fader, see i nåd till mig, 3. Vi lova dig!, 4. Helig (‘Fader, Son och Helge Ande’) 5. O, gode Fader, 6. Pris vare dig, 7. Herren av himlen]. Score
Sånger for solo and piano. 1922. 1. En röd aster (Solen brände dig). Gunnar Hede, 2. Vaggsång (‘Sov du min lilla’, J. L. Runeberg), 3. Psalm i såningen (‘Jordgömd sover säden, Gunnar Hede), 4. Sång i blomningen (‘Jord, jord’), [5]. Kung Liv och Drottning Död (‘I aftonrodnans gyllne slott’, O. Levertin). Ballad.
Sånger vid orgeln. 1. Gud Faders son av himmelrik. Swedish hymn 62:5−7. 1934, 2. O Gud, all sannings källa. Swedish hymn 260:1,4.. 1934, 3. Bär mig, herde! (Gertrud Brander), 1934, 4. Allhelgonadag (‘Skaran tätnar’, G. Brander), 1935, 5. Midsommarpsalm (‘Du är min midnattssol’, Gertrud Brander), 1935, 6. Sänd, Herre, dina änglar ut. Swedish hymn 221:3.. 1935. Also separate vocal parts.
Tre sånger. 1925. Vandring (‘Mot nord bär stigen’), En psalm om våren (‘Ännu en gång’), Låt vid gungan (‘Till gungan all vägar’, A. Mörne). Only vocal parts.
Tre sånger with piano accomp. or organ (H. Forsberg). 1. Skeppet (‘Vårt liv är likt ett skepp’), 1917., 2. Mor spelar (‘Mor i kvällen skymning’), 1918., 3. I en nyårskväll (‘Tid, som oss väntar’), 1918.
Tre sånger with piano accomp. (P. Lagerkvist). Kärlekens visa. From ‘Sång och strid’. [Incomplete, others missing].
Två sånger with piano accomp. [I]. Bäckens slutsång (‘Mitt vattensus’). 1925., Blomstervisa (‘Som liljorna i natten’). 1924.
Två sånger med piano accomp. [II]. 1. Väva vadmal (J. Block) 1928, 2. Visa vid spinnrocken (‘Snurra hjulet’, W. Wordsworth, trans. A. Österling). 1926.
Sänd, Herre, dina änglar ut, see Sånger vid orgeln.
Sömnens slott, see Solosånger [I].
Tackom Herren!, see Sånger. (Del I). 13.
Text by Carl=Georg. 1931. [For voice and piano].
Till min älskade [for voice and piano, G. Nordin]. 1927.
Trädens sus, see Solosånger [III]. 3.
Tystnad (‘Jag är ur tystnad kommen’, A. Mörne). For voice and piano. 1928.
Två vårvisor (G. Lindeberg). 1. Det var i det gryende ljusets tid, 2. En kväll skall du taga avsked. 1926. [No. 2 also separate].
Vaggsång, see Sånger for solo and piano. 1922.
Vaggvisa (‘Susa och söv mig’, C. Lindberg). For voice and piano. 1938. 2 copies.
Vandraren (‘Röda runno rika druvor’, B. Gripenberg). For voice and piano. 1925.
Vandring, see Tre sånger. 1925.
Var mig nådig, see Solosånger [II].
Veronika (‘Du blommar som veronikan’, K. Asplund). For voice and piano. 1941.
Vi lova dig!, see Sånger. Andra samlingen. 3.
Vi ses igen (Och vä...[?], V. Rydberg). 1918. [Pencil].
Vid helgemålsringning (G. Lindeberg). 1927.
Vid vårens grind (‘Go' vänner!’, G. Lindeberg). For voice and piano. 1930.
Visa (‘Arla står jag upp’), see Samlingshandskrift.
Visa (‘Små vivor och violer’), see Visor by B. Gripenberg.
Visa i folkton I (‘Den första fjäril’), see Solosånger [II].
Visa i folkton II (‘Över granarnas kronor’), see Solosånger [I].
Visa vid spinnrocken, see Två Sånger with piano accomp. [II].
Visan (‘När åren mitt hjärta isa’, A. Mörne). Vocal duet with piano accomp. 1925. Vocal score, piano part missing.
Visor by Bertel Gripenberg. Arr. for one voice with piano accomp. 1925. 1.
Visa (‘Små vivor och violer’, K. Asplund). [sic], 2. Askepilten (‘Och hör du liten Askepilt’).
Vita mössan, see Mor spelar.
Den vita tystnaden (G. Hede). For one voice and piano. 1926.
Vågorna (‘Ni komma och gå’, C. Lindberg). For voice and piano. 1938.
Våren, see also Från bygden därhemma.
Vårhymn (‘Jag vet ej’, J. Hemmer). For voice and piano. 1940.
Väva vadmal. Jörgen Block. For voice and piano. 1928. [Pencil], see also Två Sånger with piano accomp. [II].
Över dina händer lutad. Poem by Anders Österling. For voice and piano. 1929.

Piano solo
Avsked. On the grandmother’s passing 8.1.18. For solo piano. 1. Klagan. 2. Vandringen: Marcia funebre. 3. Saknaden.
Ballade I, F major, for solo piano. 1921. Ballade II, G major, for solo piano. [Incomplete.]
Berceuse. E-flat. For solo piano. 1916.
Berceusee for piano. 1930.
Berceuse, see Fyra pianostycken. 1.
Bröllopsmarsch, see Fyra pianostycken. 3.
Bön, see Lyriska pianostycken: Första samlingen. 1.
Efterklang, see Lyriska pianostycken. Tredje samlingen. 6.
Elegi, see Lyriska pianostycken. Andra samlingen. 2.
Erinnerung. For solo piano. 1923.
Fantasy. D-flat major. Theme and variations. For solo piano. 1921.
Ganz allein in Gesellschaft sein. Air for piano. 1935.
Hambo. For solo piano. 1926, see also Lyriska pianostycken. Tredje samlingen. 4.
Hemma. For solo piano. 1918.
Hjärter, see Lyriska pianostycken: Första samlingen. 6.
I kvällsskymningen. Etude for piano.
Jul-polska. For solo piano. 1926.
Kring majstången. Hambo for solo piano. 1923.
Lyriska pianostycken: Första samlingen. For solo piano: 1. Bön, 2. En saga, 3. Reminiscens, 4. Resignation, 5. Scherzo, 6. Hjärtero. 1921.
Lyriska pianostycken. Andra samlingen. 1. I väntan, 2. Elegi. Marcia funebré, 3. Mot kvällen, 4. Intimo. Invocazione intimo, 5. Intermezzo, 6. Tillbedjan. 1921−1922.
Lyriska pianostycken. Tredje samlingen. 1. Till valborgsmässan. Sommarminnen, 2. I folkviseton. Sommarminnen, 3. Valsee mignon. Sommarminnen, 4. Hambo. Sommarminnen, 5. Stiltje. Sommarminnen, 6. Efterklang. Sommarminnen. 1922.
Marcia funebrè, see Lyriska pianostycken. Andra samlingen. 2.
Melody. Piano. 1916. [Pencil].
Nu är det jul. Hambopolska for piano. 1928.
Fyra pianostycken. 1. Berceuse, op. 74, 2. Romance, op. 72, 3. Bröllopsmarsch, op. 70, 4. Preludium, C major, op. 96, 1920−1921., see även Fyra pianostycken. 4
Prière. For piano. 1930. [Here also one part:] Cello.
Procession des garçons pour piano. 1925.
Reminiscens, see Lyriska pianostycken: Första samlingen. 3.
Resignation, see Lyriska pianostycken: Första samlingen. 4.
Romance, see Fyra pianostycken.
Sensommarhambo. For solo piano. 1925.
Tango intime for piano. 1930.
Till Brittmässan. Hambo for piano. 1925.
Till den käraste. Hambo for piano. 1925.
Waltz. For solo piano. 1920.
Waltz rococo. For piano. 1928.
Valsee brillante. For solo piano. 1920.
Valsee chromatique pour piano. [Title changed to:] Valsee lyrique. 1925.
Valsee mignon, see Lyriska pianostycken. Tredje samlingen. 3.

Piano four hands
Concerto-overture. D major. For piano four hands. 1919.
Lyrique, for solo piano 4 hands. 1. Con moto, 2. Tempo di valse, 3. I folkton, 4. Allegro ma non troppo. 1919.
Maestoso. For solo piano 4 hands. 1922. 2 copies.
Prelude. E major. For piano and four hands. 1919.

Organ
Adagio for organ. 1933.
Adoratio for organ. 1936.
Allegro giusto for organ. 1935.
Andakt for organ. 1934.
Antifoni, interludium och koral. For organ. 1937.
Benediction for organ. 1938.
Cantate Domino for organ. 1947.
Communion for organ. 1932.
Consolation - Consolatio - for organ. 1938.
Die Erklärung Christi - Kristi förklaring (‘Denne är min käre son’). For organ. 1935.
Elevation for organ. 1937.
Entrata for organ. 1934.
Fantasy I, G minor for organ. 1922. [Pencil].
Fantasy II, D minor for organ. 1922.
Fantasy III, E minor for organ. 1922.
Fantasy IV. [For organ]. [Incomplete].
Fantasy V for organ. [Incomplete].
Fantasy no. VI D minor for organ. 1933.
Fantasy VII, D major for organ. 1933.
Huru länge skall mitt hjärta. Swedish hymn 45. Organ chorale. 1948.
In festivo. For organ. 1920. [Title changed to:] Sortie.
Improvisation for organ. 1922.
Intermezzi for organ. 1942.
Intermezzo for organ. 1921.
Introduction and chorale, C major for organ. [Crossed out title: Improvisata och Choral]. 1922.
Jesus är min vän den bäste. Swedish hymn 120. Orgelkoral. 1948.
Julsekvens for organ. 1939.
Legender for organ. 1941.
Liber cantus for organ. 1946.
Maestoso for organ. 1936.
Meditation for organ. 1933.
Orgelkoral. 1936.
Offertorium for organ. 1934.
Preludes for organ. 1942.
Preludes and fugues for organ. 1946.
Preludio solenne for organ. 1938.
Prière for organ. 1940.
Till kyrkan. [For organ].
Toccata A major for organ. 1940.
Toccata C minor for organ. 1940.
Toccata D major for organ. 1941.
Toccata D-flat major for organ. 1939.
Vänligt över jorden glänser. Swedish hymn 35. Organ chorale. 1948.

Works with unclear instrumentation
Kyrkbygget (‘Här lades grundstenen’, Nils Englund). For the inspection of Staffan’s Church, Gefle, 1935. [For organ? and speaking voice].
Tango intime (‘När i dag du går’). 

Works written under a pseudonym
Taby, J.E., Valsee d'amour. 1929. [For piano] [Pencil].
Talby, J.E., Allt vad jag drömt (‘Var mig blott alltid nära’). Foxtrot. Music and refrain text... 1930. Also one copy. ... For voice, violin and piano.
Talby, J.E., Karneval. Foxtrot for violin and piano [with text: ‘Du är min...’]. 1930.
Talby, J.E., Sommar-hambo (‘Nu sommaren är åter här’). 1931. Vocal part.
Talby, J.E., Syncope for piano four hands. 1929.
Toby, J.E., Den första valsen. Waltz for piano. 1928.
Toby, J.E., Dedicated. Waltz for piano. 1928.

Printed music
Tre andliga sånger for mixed choir. 1. Se, vi gå, 2. Så gick din gång till härlighetens land, 3. Saliga de. Norberg.
Helgat ljus! (‘Lys helga ljus’), for women’s choir and organ. Norberg. Score, 3 copies.
Julafton (‘Det klingar av klockor’, Giovanni Lindeberg), for one voice with piano. Nordiska musikförlaget.
Två sånger for one voice with piano. 1. Weisee = Visa, 2. Du bist wie eine Blume = Du är liksom en blomma. Poems by Heinrich Heine. Nordiska musikförlaget.


Works by Jacob Ekström

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

Number of works: 1