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Sara Wennerberg-Reuter

Born on 11th February 1875 in Otterstad, died 29th March 1959. She received her basic instruction (organ, harmony) from Elfrida Andrée in Gothenburg. She studied at the Stockholm Conservatory in 1893-1895, graduating as an organist in 1895. She studied in Leipzig 1896 1898, Salomon Jadassohn and Carl Reinecke being two of her teachers. In 1901-1902 she continued her composition and counterpoint studies with Max Bruch at Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. She was organist of Sofia Church, Stockholm, from 1906 (permanent 1918) until 1945. She was awarded Litt. et art. 1931.
In their day, Sara Wennerberg Reuter’s compositions won great acclaim, and her tuneful, inspiring male voice quartets especially were performed very frequently. An Easter Hymn, motets and anthems for mixed choir were also part of the standard repertoire, as were her Violin Sonata (1904) and various piano pieces.
On taking up her organist’s appointment in the newly-built Sofia Church in 1906, she wrote a consecration cantata, and this was followed by another cantata for the church in 1941, for the induction of a new vicar. She also wrote cantatas for the opening of a new school in Saltsjöbaden in 1915 and for the quincentenary of the Town of Lidköping in 1946. A pair of tone poems for solo voices, choir and orchestra, viz. Necken (to a poem by her uncle, Gunnar Wennerberg) and Skogsrået (words by Viktor Rydberg) in 1915, aroused widespread publicity. Efforts have been made at women’s music festivals to revive her music, and her best works
amply deserve a renaissance. Stig Jacobsson

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