Erland von Koch

I aim for a simple, clear, melodic style, often with elements of folk tone and with a definite rhythmic profile. I want the harmonies to be uncomplicated. The older you get, the more clearly you become aware of the importance of melody.

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Erland von Koch was one of Sweden´s best loved composers and one of the most versatile with his 6 symphonies, 12 solo concertos, 18 Monologues for various solo instruments, ballets, the children´s opera Pelle Svanslös (Peter Tailless), film music, solo songs, choral music, etc. A feeling for melody, a strong rhythmical profile and influences from Swedish folk music permeate his whole oeuvre. 

As late as 2004 his last orchestral work Rondinato was permiered by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Selected works:

  • Fyra årstidspastoraler (Four Season Pastorales)
  • Gitarrkonsert (Guitar Concerto)
  • Monologer för olika soloinstrument (Monologues for different solo instruments)
  • Pelle Svanslös - Barnopera (Peter Tailless, the Cat - Children's Opera)