Larsson, Lars-Erik (Vilner)
- Göran Bergendal
(b Åkarp, Skåne, May 15, 1908; d Helsingborg, Dec 26, 1986). Swedish composer. After taking the organist’s examination in Växjö (1924), he studied at the Stockholm Conservatory (1925–9) with Ernst Ellberg for composition and Olallo Morales for conducting. While still a student he attracted attention with En spelmans jordafärd (1928) and his First Symphony (1927–8), and in 1929 he received a state composer's grant. In 1929–30 he made a study trip to Vienna and Leipzig, taking lessons from Berg and Fritz Reuter, and in 1930–31 he was a coach at the Royal Theatre, Stockholm. He then taught music in Malmö and Lund and was music critic of the Lunds Dagblad (1933–7). His Sinfonietta, performed at the 1934 ISCM Festival, brought him international recognition and contributed to his growing reputation in the 1930s. He worked for Swedish radio as a conductor, composer and producer (...