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Alfven's First Symphony

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Hugo Alfven's most quoted lines are these: 

My best ideas, come during my sea-voyages at night and, in particular, the wild autumns have been my most wonderful times for composition.

All of his symphonies, excepting the Third, take the Swedish archipeligo as muse. We hear his First, today. The symphonic pictures he later painted would enter more deeply. But this is as good a launch into the Baltic as ever there was. 

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