Literary empathy played quite an important part in Boldemann’s production. Music drama, art songs and witty children’s’ songs, as well as vocal works with an orchestral accompaniment, are genres in which he made significant achievements. The purely instrumental works, with their solid workmanship and an atmosphere ranging from stimulating freshness to introspective intensity, complete the range of his artistry.
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Laci Boldemann brought concentration and salutary incisiveness to his work on melodic movement and balance of form. He combined an austere comprehension of the technical dimensions of composing with a sensitive, variable and profound temperament in which humour and elation could give way to detachment and a melancholy tranquillity.
Born in Helsinki on 24th April 1921, died in Munich on 18th August 1969. Boldemann studied conducting and the piano at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where his teachers included Sir Henry Wood. On the outbreak of war in 1939 he left Britain and moved to Sweden, where he continued his piano studies with Gunnar de Frumerie. In 1941 he was forced to join the German army in its campaign in the Soviet Union, Poland and Italy. After two years’ of imprisonment in the USA he returned to Sweden over France and Germany where he married Karin. Boldemann now worked hard to establish himself, joining the Swedish Composers’ Society and serving as its Secretary and Treasurer (1963—1969). He also served on the board of the Swedish Performing Rights Society and KLYS (the Joint Council of Artists and Writers). His teaching career included several years at the Stockholm Citizens’ School.
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