Dag Wirén

Dag Wirén (1905–1986) – composer, pianist, and critic – was one of the major innovators of Swedish 20th century music. His music is often characterised by an ascetic quality, and was influenced by composers such as Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius as well as French 20th century modernism. 

Dag Wirén’s Serenade for String Orchestra is, along with Hugo Alfvén’s Midsommarvaka, one of the most frequently performed Swedish works internationally. 

A short film about the Swedish composer Dag Wirén

Annika Wirén, Dag Wirén’s daughter, gives a vivid and personal account of her father’s life and work in a conversation with Per-Henning Olsson, a doctoral candidate in musicology. What’s more, Per-Henning Olsson gives us an inspiring introduction to Wirén from a musicological perspective, with examples of his music taken from Serenade for Strings and String Quartet No. 4. We are also treated to a unique performance of Suite Miniature with Stefan Bojsten and Torleif Thedéen. The film was directed by prizewinning director Martin Lima de Faria and produced by S.T.O.P. Film for the Dag Wirén Foundation in March 2011. Enjoy!