Oscar Ahnfelt

Oscar Ahnfelt
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Short Name: Oscar Ahnfelt
Full Name: Ahnfelt, Oscar, 1813-1882
Birth Year: 1813
Death Year: 1882

Born: May 21, 1813, Gul­larp, Skåne, Swe­den.
Died: Oc­to­ber 22, 1882, Karls­hamn, Blek­inge, Swe­den.
Buried: Karls­hamn, Blek­inge, Swe­den.

Sweden’s "Spir­it­u­al Trou­ba­dour," Ahn­felt com­posed or ar­ranged the mu­sic for all of Li­na San­dell’s hymns. Like San­dell, he was a Pi­e­tist and tra­veled through­out Scan­di­na­via sing­ing her hymns, ac­com­pa­ny­ing him­self with a 10 string gui­tar. The state church op­posed pi­e­tis­tic hymns and or­dered Ahn­felt to sing them be­fore King Karl XV. Af­ter hear­ing them, the king said, "You may sing as much as you de­sire in both of my king­doms." He sang them so much that San­dell wrote, "Ahn­felt has sung my songs in­to the hearts of the peo­ple." Jen­ny Lind, the Swed­ish Night­ing­ale, was al­so a Pi­e­tist and pop­u­lar­ized San­dell’s hymns in Amer­i­ca and wher­e­ver she sang. She al­so fi­nanced the first ed­i­tion of Ahn­felt’s songs, con­sist­ing most­ly of San­dell’s hymns.

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