Ture Rangström

1884 - 1947



Ture Rangström belonged to a new generation of Swedish composers who adopted European modernism and implemented its aesthetics in their compositional language during the first decade of the 20th century. In addition to composing, Rangström was also a musical critic and conductor. 

Rangström started to write songs in his late teens. He was born in Stockholm and studied music in Berlin with Hans Pfitzner in 1905-1906. He studied singing with the Wagnerian Julius and later relocated to Munich to continue his studies with the singer. Between 1907 and 1922 he taught singing and, until 1925, was the principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, a tenure that lasted three years. In 1924 Rangström founded the Swedish Society of Composers and was employed to promote the works of the Royal Swedish Opera from 1931 to 1936. 

Many of his early works took the form of symphonic poems and following the success of these poems, Rangström began work on his symphonies of which there would be four. However,all of them bear programmatic titles, like the Second Symphony, Mitt land ("My country”) (1919). Across his career Rangström composed a number of operas and almost 300 songs, of which he personally orchestrated approximately 60.       


17th March 2024

Julia Sporsen
BBC Concert Orchestra
Anna-Maria Helsing
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, United Kingdom