Åkerberg, (Carl) Erik (Emanuel)
- Kathleen Dale
- and Axel Helmer
(b Stockholm, Jan 19, 1860; d Stockholm, Jan 20, 1938). Swedish composer, organist and conductor. He attended the Swedish Royal Academy of Music (1882–6), studying counterpoint and composition with J. Dente, and was a pupil of Franck in Paris (1887–8). In Stockholm he was coach at the Royal Opera (1888–90), organist at the synagogue (1890–1928), music teacher at Norrmalm’s grammar school (1895–1923) and teacher at Richard Anderssons Musikskola (1897–1909). From 1886 he conducted several choirs, including the Bellman Choir (1895–1926), which he also founded, and the Philharmonic Society (1900–03). Åkerberg’s compositions often approach the style of Swedish folk music, especially the ballads Kung Svegder and Prinsessan och Svennen. They are technically sound but conventional.
MSS in S-Skma, Svenska Tonsättares Internationella Musikbyrå
Turandot (4, E. Wallmark), 1906, unperf.
Pintorpafrun (fairy tale op, 4, A. Sandberg), 1915, excerpts only perf.
Kung Svegder, ballad, Bar, orch, 1885
Prinsessan och Svennen (K.A. Melin), solo vv, chorus, orch, 1887
Der Barde, solo v, male chorus, orch, 1895
other choral works, cants., songs
Sym., f, 1885
Concert Ov., c, 1884
Swed. folksong arr., small orch, 1888
4 str qts.: A, 1884, F, 1925, f, 1926, A, 1926
2 pf qnts.: a, 1889, d, 1909
str qnt, g, 1925
Trio, b, pf, vn, vc, 1886
works for pf and vn, org
- Musiklifvet inom Par Bricole 1779–1890 (Stockholm, 1910)
- Skrubben nr. 24 (Stockholm, 1923) [documents on founding of Bellman Choir]
- H. Lindqvist: ‘Erik Åkerberg’, Svensk musiktidning, 12 (1892), 1
- H. Glimstedt: ‘Carl Erik Emanuel Åkerberg’, Svenska män och kvinnar, ed. N. Bohman and T. Dahl (Stockholm, 1942–55)