Wilhelm Stenhammar

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Two Sentimental Romances for Violin and Piano, Op.28

Stenhammar’s Two Sentimental Romances for Violin date from 1910. They were composed and published at the same time and together thus suggesting that he meant for them to be performed together, although this has not always been the case. Romance No.1 in A Major is marked Andantino while Romance No.2 in f minor is marked Allegro patetico. Romance No.1 is sweet, reserved and tender, while the second is passionate and lyrical. Stenhammar's use of the term"sentimental" does not mean insipid or mawkish as the word has come to mean nowadays. At the time of composition sentimental had quite a different meaning—–governed by feeling, sensibility, or emotional idealism


Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871-1927) was born in Stockholm and studied locally. He took piano lessons  from by Richard Andersson, a student of Clara Schumann, and composition from Emil Sjogren, eventually becoming a virtuoso who was considered the finest Swedish pianist of his time. But Stenhammar was more interested in chamber music and aligned himself with the Aulin String Quartet with whom he regularly performed piano quintets in concert. This relationship gave him a deeper appreciation and understanding of string instruments and was no doubt responsible for the very fine works he was able to write for them.P

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