Oscar Byström (1821−1909)

Symfony in D minor

  • Year of composition: The symphony is usually dated 1870-1872 (according to Hedwall)
  • Work category: Symphony
  • Dedication: "...nström ... friendship and esteem dedicated Symphony by O. Byström 1872" (the text is partially hidden on the available photocopy, but according to Hedwall the dedication is likely meant for Byström's friend Isidor Dannström).
  • First performed: According to Hedwall the complete symphony premiered at the Royal Opera (Stora Theatern) in Stockholm on 19 October 1874 with Ludvig Norman as conductor.
    The first two movements, which required fewer instruments than the finale, had been performed by the student orchestra of the Royal Conservatory in Stockholm on 20 December 1871.
  • Duration: Approx. 20-25 min
  • Detailed duration: 22'18'' (according to Sterling's CD booklet)


2*.2.2.2 / 4.2.3*.0 / timp, hp / str
(picc, bass tbn)

Location for score and part material

Handwritten score is extant at Conservatoire National de Musique, Paris

  • Location autograph: Musik- och teaterbiblioteket
  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: Oscar Byström's archive (only the version for piano 4 hands [which is also extant as a manuscript] and fragments of the Andante movement


Hedwall, Lennart: Oscar Byström. Ett svenskt musikeröde från 1800-talet (No. 99 in Kungl. Musikaliska akademiens skriftserie; 2003)

Description of work

[I.] Allegro D minor 3/4
[II.] Andante D major - A major 3/4 (attacca)
[III.] Allegro molto e Finale D minor alla breve

Work comment

On the cover of the handwritten score is written "Offert par Madame Ida Cail, Née Byström, Nièce du Compositeur[.] Paris le 16 [9 överstruket] bre [sic] 1910." [trans.: Gift from Mrs. Ida Cail, born Byström, the composer's niece. Paris 16 ... september/oktober/november/december 1910.]

Media files

Edition Swedish Musical Heritage