Dag Wirén

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Dag Wirén

Dag Wirén (born October 15, 1905 in Striberg , † April 19, 1986 in Danderyd ) was a Swedish composer .

Wirén studied composition with Ernst Ellberg , piano with Olaf Wibergh and conducting with Olallo Morales at the Stockholm Music Academy from 1926 to 1931 . During these years the first string quartets, piano sonata, violin sonata and cello sonata were written. He belonged to the composer group of the 1930s, together u. a. with Lars-Erik Larsson , Gunnar de Frumerie and Erland von Koch . This group of independent individualists had a common predilection for neoclassicism, which freed itself from romantic influences.

From 1931 to 1934 in Paris he studied instrumentation with Leonid Sabanejew . Here Wirén completed his First Symphony, which he never released for performance. In 1934 he settled in Stockholm with his wife, an Irish cellist, and in 1935 became a member of the Swedish Composers' Association and its librarian, and from 1947 to 1963 he was its vice-president.

From 1938 he worked as a music critic for Svenska Morgonbladet . From 1946 he lived in Danderyd as a freelance composer. That year he also became a member of the Royal Stockholm Academy of Music . In 1936 he composed his Cello Concerto op. 10, in 1939 his 2nd symphony, 1944 the 3rd symphony, 1948 the violin concerto op. 23. In 1948 Wirén was elected a member of the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. In 1952 he wrote his 4th symphony, in 1964 his last, the 5th symphony. His last work is the Concertino for flute and small orchestra op.44, which was written in 1972 and premiered in 1974. In 1968 he received the Örebro Art Prize, the Atterberg Prize in 1975 and the 'Artibus et Litteris' medal in 1978.

He composed a. a. two operettas , five symphonies , a divertimento and a triptych for orchestra, chamber music works and piano pieces . Wirén's Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 11 , has become particularly well-known .

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