Carl Michael Bellman

Carl Michael Bellman

Birth
Sodermalm, Stockholms kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden
Death 11 Feb 1795 (aged 55)
Stockholm, Stockholms kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden
Burial Stockholm, Stockholms kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden
Memorial ID 8160985 · View Source
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Author, Musician. He gained notoriety as a Danish poet, songwriter, composer, musician, and entertainer of the 1700s. He has been compared to Shakespeare, Beethoven, and Mozart. His poor and hard life in Stockholm was reflected in his ballads. This poor life-style came with debt and caused he to struggle to have his music published. Swedish King Gustav III became his benefactor and many came to hear him perform. He gained a reputation of a great entertainer and poet. In 1790 his piece “Fredman's Epistles” was published and the following year “Fredmon's Songs.” Each collection had seventy songs. The subject of these pieces mirrored the social life of Stockholm during this era with its extensive alcoholism and prostitution. In 1792, King Gustav III was assassinated and Bellman lost his protector. In 1793 he became a member of the Swedish Academy of Music, but his personal problems increased. In June of 1794 he was arrested for unpaid debts and imprisoned where he became ill. After being release, he never recovered and died in early 1795 from tuberculosis. His writings have been translated into English, French, Russian, German and Italian. He played a guitar-like instrument called a cittem, which was given to him by his grandfather and is on display at the National Museum in Stockholm. In 1872 a statue of Bellman was created by Alfred Nystrom and displayed in front of the Restaurant Hasselbacken in Djurgarden, Stockholm. The Swedish Academy of Music placed onhis grave a bronze memorial medallion of Bellman, which was created by Sergel.

Bio by: Peter Robsahm


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  • Originally Created by: Peter Robsahm
  • Added: 7 Dec 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8160985
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Carl Michael Bellman (4 Feb 1740–11 Feb 1795), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8160985, citing Klara Kyrkogård, Stockholm, Stockholms kommun, Stockholms län, Sweden ; Maintained by Find A Grave .