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date: 20 October 2019

Gräsbeck, Gottfrid (Gustaf Unosson)locked

  • Mikko Heiniö

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(Gustaf Unosson)

(b Turku, Feb 15, 1927). Finnish composer and conductor. He graduated in 1952 from Åbo Academy University, where his teachers included Fougstedt. He also studied in Sweden, the USA and Germany, and was one of the first Finns to study in Darmstadt. From 1966 a permanent lecturer at the Åbo Academy, he taught music, musicology and Oriental languages there, retiring in 1990; he has also taught at the Turun Musiikkiopisto. As a conductor, he steered the Brahe Djäkner and Florakören university choirs to international success, for instance in the BBC ‘Let the People Sing’ competition in 1969. These choirs, for which Gräsbeck has composed several works, have broadcast and toured extensively. He has also directed other choral and orchestral ensembles.

Gräsbeck’s work as a composer is marked by a wide range of modernist tendencies, including dodecaphonic techniques (Toccata dodecafonica, 1959; Concerto for sound tape and orchestra, 1964...

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