Ludvig Norman

Ludvig Norman


• 1831 1885


This Swedish composer and pianist's music consisted of three symphonies and a variety of chamber works. The music can be characterized as well-crafted and galant but too scholastic and lacking personality. He was influenced by the music of Mendelssohn, Gade and Schumann who was one of Norman's advocates. Having studied at Leipzig with Hauptmann, Moscheles and Reitz, Norman developed excellent performing skills and was known as a great improviser at the piano. Norman conducted the royal orchestra in Stockholm, 1861, and taught piano and composition at the conservatory from the outset of the 1870s. As an editor and commentator, as well as as a conductor, Norman heralded the works of Berwald even conducting the premiere of Berwald's Fourth Symphony.