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2011

September 19, 2011

  • 100th Birthday

November 3-5, 2011

2012

January 2012

  • Recording: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 6, BIS Records
  • Rehearsal (at 5')

August 2012

  • Release: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 6, BIS-SACD-1980
  • Info

October 2012

  • Release: Mossberg, Karlqvist, Pettersson: Complete Songs, Sterling CDA 1678-2

November 29, 2012

  • Concert: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 9, De Geerhallen, Norrköping, Sweden (November 30 in Jönköping)

2013

January 16-21, 2013

  • Recording: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 9, BIS Records

June 1, 2013

  • Doctor: Olsson, Per-Henning: En symfonisk särling: En studie i Allan Petterssons symfonikomponerande, Degree of Doctor of Philosophy, Public defence: 2013-06-01, Gustavianium, Auditorium Minus, Akademigatan 3, UPPSALA, 13:00 (Swedish)

July 2013

  • Book: Allan Pettersson, Musik-Konzepte (edition text+kritik), 162, July 2013 (German)

August 2013

  • Computer: Brylka, Pettersson: Symphony No. 13 with virtual instruments (2013-2015)
  • Trailer

October 31, 2013

  • Concert: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 4 & No. 16, De Geerhallen, Norrköping, Sweden

December 2013

  • Release: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 9, BIS-SACD-2038
  • Info

2014

January 7-11, 2014

  • Recording: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 4 & No. 16, BIS Records
  • Rehearsal
  • Snapshot

March 16/17, 2014

  • Concert: Solyom, Staatskapelle Weimar, Pettersson: Sinfonie Nr. 7, Weimarhalle, Weimar, Germany

September 20, 2014

  • Concert: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 13, De Geerhallen, Norrköping, Sweden ,
  • Excerpts

October 1, 2014

  • Release: Lindberg, Pettersson, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 4 & 16, BIS-SACD-2110

November 27, 2014

  • Concert: Bergby, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 7, Malmö Concert Hall, Malmö, Sweden

2015

January 9-16, 2015

  • Recording: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 13, BIS Records

March 22, 2015

  • Concert: Cecilia Martin-Löf, Peter Kronlöw, Hammarö Kammarkör, Karlstads Orkesterförening, Pettersson: Barfotasånger (arr Antal Doráti), Mesto ur symfoni nr 7, Domkyrkan, Karlstad, Sweden

March 22, 2015

  • Concert: Horstmann, Elblandphilharmonie Sachsen, Pettersson: Sinfonie Nr. 7, Landesbühnen Sachsen, Radebeul, Germany

April 2, 2015

  • Concert: Müller, Göttinger Sinfonieorchester, Pettersson: Sinfonie Nr. 7, Stadthalle Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany

April 16, 2015

  • Release: Skånegatan V Orchestra (virtual instruments), Pettersson: Symphony No. 13, Markus Brylka

September 31, 2015

  • Release: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 13, BIS-2190

November 8, 2015

  • Concert: Lindberg, Nürnberger Symphoniker, Pettersson: Symphonie Nr. 1, Meistersingerhalle, Nürnberg, Germany

November 28, 2015

  • Concert: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 14, De Geerhallen, Norrköping, Sweden

December 11, 2015

  • Concert: Lindberg, Pöntinen, Taipei Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 4, Taipei Zhongshan Hall, Taipei, Taiwan

2016

January 11-15, 2016

  • Recording: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 14, BIS Records

March 18, 2016

  • Concert: Lindberg, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Pettersson: Symphony No. 4, Cultuurcentrum, Hasselt, Belgium

March 19, 2016

  • Concert: Lindberg, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Pettersson: Symphony No. 4, deSingel, Antwerpen, Belgium

March 23, 2016

  • Concert: Lindberg, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 4, Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden

April 9, 2016

  • Concert: Zetterqvist, Edsberg Chamber Orchestra, Pettersson: Mesto from Concerto for Strings No. 3, Ytterjärna Konserthus, Ytterjärna, Sweden

April 10, 2016

  • Concert: Zetterqvist, Edsberg Chamber Orchestra, Pettersson: Mesto from Concerto for Strings No. 3, Vantörs kyrka, Vantör, Sweden

May 29, 2016

  • Concert: Ola Sandström, Mikael Karlsson, Anja Strautmanis, and Johan Renman, Pettersson: Barfotasånger, Mest ibland tistlar, Olympiateatern, Stockholm, Sweden

October 23, 2016

  • Concert: Bobby, Lindberg, Staatsorchester Saarbrücken, Pettersson: Barfotasånger (arr Antal Doráti), Alte Feuerwache, Saarbrücken, Germany

October 26 - November 4, 2016

  • Concert - Tour: Lindberg, Norwegian Arctic Philharmonic, Pettersson: Symphony No. 7, ?, ?, North of Scandinavia, Finland and Balticum

November 9, 2016

  • Concert: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 17 and No. 7, De Geerhallen, Norrköping, Sweden

November 10, 2016

  • Concert: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 17 and No. 7, Uppsala Konsert och Kongress, Uppsala, Sweden

December 22, 2016

  • Concert: Undine Dreissig, Kazuhisa Kurumada, Jan Michael Horstmann, Pettersson: Barfußgesänge, Landesbühnen Sachsen - Glashaus, Radebeul, Germany
  • (abgesagt)

2017

January 9-14, 2017

  • Recording: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 7 and No. 17, BIS Records

February 16, 2017

  • Concert: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 5, De Geerhallen, Norrköping, Sweden

March 12, 2017

  • Ballet: Jully, Vázquez, Oldenburgisches Staatsorchester, "Men and Women", Ballettabend, Musik: 6. Sinfonie von Allan Pettersson, Staatstheater, Oldenburg, Germany
  • Video

June 5-13, 2017

  • Recording: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 5, BIS Records

September 21, 2017

  • Concert: Wallin, Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Violin Concerto No. 2, De Geerhallen, Norrköping, Sweden

December 1 + 2, 2017

  • Concert: Harding, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 7, Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden

2018

January 8-15, 2018

  • Recording: Wallin, Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Violin Concerto No. 2, BIS Records

May 23 - June 10, 2018

  • Concert - European Tour: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 7
  • Video

May 24, 2018

  • Concert - European Tour: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 7, De Geerhallen, Norrköping, Sweden

June 10, 2018

  • Concert - European Tour: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 7, Musikverein, Wien, Austria

2019

March 11-16, 2019

  • Concert: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 12 "The dead people at the square", ?, Norrköping, Sweden

June 10-14, 2019

  • Recording: Lindberg, Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Pettersson: Symphony No. 12 "The dead people at the square", BIS Records

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Allan Pettersson (-)

Swedish Composer
  • 17 (2 incomplete) Symphonies
  • 3 Concertos for String Orchestra
  • 2 Violin Concertos
  • Viola Concerto
  • Symphonic Movement
  • Cantata
  • Chamber Music
  • Songs

Musical philosophy: Narrative Organicism

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Articles 📖


  1. (pdf) AP-Symphony No. 5 en PDF Flag Audio Spectrum Analysis, 2011

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  2. (pdf) AP-Symphony No. 6 de PDF Flag Essay, 2014 ★

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  3. (pdf) AP-Symphony No. 8 en PDF Flag Analysis, 2015 ★

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  4. (pdf) AP-Symphony No. 9 en PDF Flag Analysis and Postulate, 2014 ★

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  5. (pdf) AP-Symphony No. 9 de PDF Flag Analysis and Postulate, 2014

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  6. (pdf) AP-Symphony No. 10 en PDF Flag Analysis, 2014 ★

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  7. (pdf) AP-Symphony No. 10 de PDF Flag Analysis, 2014

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  8. (pdf) AP-Violin Concerto No. 2 de PDF Flag Essay, 2012

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  9. (pdf) Music is life en PDF Flag Essay Music and Science, 2015 ★

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Highlights ★


6th Symphony

life from birth to death

8th Symphony

music history from origin to decline
Article Abstract

Most of the material of Pettersson’s 8th Symphony is derived from Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 »Jupiter« and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5. The philosophy of Pettersson’s music is determined by Nielsen’s vegetatio and organicism. First part of 8th Symphony describes music history from origin to decline. A cantus firmus extended to a long cantus is followed by a concatenation of different polyphonic and homophonic compositional techniques sorted chronological. Second part is a revolutionary construction of a polyphonic movement in sonata form. The symphony is the composers manifesto.

Related Symphonies
Mozart Symphony No. 41 »Jupiter« (1788)

Performances of Kungliga Filharmonikerna with Pettersson as violist:

  1. 1940-02-04 Fritz Busch
  2. 1941-11-19 Adolf Wiklund
  3. 1942-10-07 Oswald Kabasta
  4. 1946-10-16 Bruno Walter
  5. 1949-11-30 Fritz Busch
Nielsen Symphony No. 5 (1922)

Performances of Kungliga Filharmonikerna with Pettersson as violist:

  1. 1945-01-10 Tor Mann

9th Symphony

river from source to mouth
Article Abstract

Basis of an analysis of the 9th Symphony is a comparison with Smetana’s opus The Moldau. Followed by a postulate for the programmatic construction of the symphony: The River (illustrated with paintings by J.M.W. Turner). Concluding discussion topic is, that 9th Symphony portrays Sweden’s longest river Klarälven-Göta Älv.

Main Evidences for Postulate
Chromatic runs and waves
Can be compared to diatonic runs and waves in Moldau.
Ack Värmeland melody
Is the origin of Moldau melody. River Klarälven is flowing through Värmland.
Dedication to Gothenburg
River Göta Älv is flowing through Gothenburg.
Smetana and Gothenburg
Smetana lived for long time in Gothenburg as conductor. Dedicatee Comissiona is successor of Smetana.
Final plagal cadence
Can be compared to the final authentic cadence of Moldau.
Related Opus
Smetana Moldau (1874)

Performances of Kungliga Filharmonikerna with Pettersson as violist:

  1. 1941-02-08 Adolf Wiklund
  2. 1942-03-15 Carl Garaguly
  3. 1944-08-21 Tor Mann
  4. 1945-04-14 Carl Garaguly
  5. 1946-08-07 Tor Mann
  6. 1947-03-15 Carl Garaguly
  7. 1948-02-17 Rafael Kubelík
  8. 1948-04-10 Adolf Wiklund
Milhaud Symphony No. 8 »Rhodanienne« (1957)

1951-52 Pettersson studied composition in Paris with Milhaud.


10th Symphony

mechanical music
Article Abstract

Pettersson’s 10th Symphony (duration 25’) contains very reduced material. Signals or vectors are used to condense, obeying strict mathematical and technical principles. Increasing the flow velocity in the middle section causes a transition to turbulence and chaos. The turning point in the last part represents a dream state, before the final Coda repeats the material extremely compacted. The symphony has autobiographical elements and describes Pettersson’s traumatic nine-month hospital stay. The sterile, mechanized and ruthless world, characterized by devices, threatens the man to fail.


Music is life

philosophical perspective: organicism
Article Abstract

Some thoughts about life, organization, organicism and coherence in science and in music.