Alfvengarden

Alfvengarden, Leksand: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Alfvengarden Reviews: 4.5/5

Alfvengarden
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Visit the home of swedish composer and painter Hugo Alfven and experience his lite, art and music.
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Dorte F
Copenhagen, Denmark23 contributions
Interesting visit with great guide
Jul 2017 • Solo
I really enjoyed my visit on a sunny day. The guide was very knowledgable and presented the story of Alfvén an his wives in an interesting way.
However, please make sure that you can get a cup of coffee ("fika")!
Written August 13, 2017
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joen.dk
Copenhagen, Denmark9,794 contributions
For lovers of classical music & culture, definitely worth a visit
Jul 2017 • Solo
I visited the Alfven museum, near the town of Leksand, on my 27-day cycling trip in Sweden. It is situated in a suburb hamlet, roughly 2 km from Leksand town, thus in the generally picturesque Dalarna region, traditionally seen as quintessentially representing Swedish folk culture, and the preferred home of other artists like the painters Carl Larsson and Anders Zorn, the author Selma Lagerlöf often popping in there too, etc.

As regards Swedish composer´s museums, Alfvengården is perhaps-perhaps less known than the Peterson-Berger museum a good deal further north, near Östersund.

Entrance fee includes a very well-informed, service-minded guided tour (staff comprises several people on the spot), and the possibility of viewing a short film about the composer.

Contrary to the situation in many Swedish museums (including Zorn´s and Larsson´s), one is allowed to take photos inside also, which is very nice.

The house has a lived-in atmosphere, with lots of musical memorabilia, and some very nice examples of his painterly talents, including water-colors from Italy and Sweden. Also, some nice examples of Swedish interiors and other paintings. Alfven even re-created a South-Italy en miniature in one of the smaller, sunlit rooms in the house, painting the walls white, supplementing with green plants, Italian ceramics and pictures, etc.

There were several pianos, and a lot of scores, obviously due to Alfven´s conducting career, but it´s not quite as lavish or rich home otherwise, compared to Zorn´s luxurious, hi-end one at Mora, or Larsson´s densely decorated, collector-loaded one in Sundborn. The guide told a lot if interesting biographical details and other background information.

When I visited, the Swedish pianist Melker Stendahl was there, having given a concert there the day before, on one of Alfven´s pianos. Generally, they offera good deal of concerts there, worth considering as well.

My tour was in Swedish - but I believe if you contact them, you might ask for an English one too.
Written August 6, 2017
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