Welcome to the site of Internationale Allan Pettersson Gesellschaft e. V.

Although the composer Allan Pettersson (1911-1980) only became known to a wider audience late in life, nowadays he is regarded as one of the most important symphonists of the late 20th century. His music, which can be jagged and motivically condensed yet can also conjure up long, sweeping melodic arches, has no forerunners. In style and openness of form certain passages and themes are admittedly reminiscent of the late works of Gustav Mahler but Pettersson’s oeuvre is nevertheless unique in its uncompromising expressiveness and essentially post-Romantic tonal language.
Our website offers a welcome opportunity to get to know a composer whose works have the power to spellbind receptive audiences everywhere.