Bengt Johansson

Bengt Johansson was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1914. He started studying cello and had to take a job as a restaurant musician. During these years he studied composition at the Sibelius Academy. He completed his studies in 1947 and in 1952 took a job as sound engineer with the Finnish Broadcasting Company, which he kept until 1975. This work brought him in contact with electronics and he composed the first Finnish electronic piece of music Three electronic studies, which has been performed many times. Nevertheless, he did not see himself as a modernist composer, influenced as he was by the music of Sibelius. After an instrumental period he more and more turned to composing choral music, often sacred, incorporating elements from Renaissance and Romantism. He died in 1989.

Artwork/Date Title Rating Medium
1964 The Tomb at Akr Çaar 4.00 stars  LP
Matti Lehtinen - Baryton
Finnish Radio Chamber Choir cond. Harald Andersen