Dannström, (Johan) Isidor
- Folke Bohlin
(b Stockholm, Dec 15, 1812; d Stockholm, Oct 17, 1897). Swedish singer, teacher and composer. He studied at the Swedish Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm (1826–9) under J.E. Nordblom (singing), T. Byström (piano) and E. Drake (harmony). His father wanted him to pursue a commercial career, and Dannström worked as a clerk between 1829 and 1836; however, by giving guitar and flute lessons he earned enough money to resume his musical studies. In 1835 he returned to Drake for lessons in harmony and counterpoint, and he studied singing with Isak Berg. From 1836 he devoted himself wholly to music. In 1837, shortly after the publication of his first song, he began a journey through Europe which lasted four and a half years. He studied music theory with Siegfried Dehn in Berlin and singing with Forini in Bergamo; in Paris the Italian opera was his main interest and for a short time G.B. Rubini became his teacher. Later he gave concerts in Warsaw and Kraków and also visited Vienna before he returned to Sweden. He was engaged as a baritone at the Swedish Royal Opera in Stockholm in ...