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Åkerberg, (Carl) Erik (Emanuel)locked

  • Kathleen Dale
  • , revised by 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)