Born in Stockholm as the son of composer Sigurd von Koch (1879–1919), Erland von Koch (1910-2009) studied at the Stockholm Conservatory from 1931 to 1935 and subsequently passed the advanced choirmaster and organist examinations. Between 1936 and 1938, he lived in Germany and France in order to pursue studies in composition with Paul Höffer, conducting with Clemens Krauss, and piano with Claudio Arrau. Later, he took private classes with Tor Mann in Sweden.
Teaching at the Karl Wohlfarts Musikschule from 1939 to 1945, von Koch also spent the final two years of this period working as a sound expert and choirmaster for radio broadcasting. He composed much music for the Swedish film industry during a good forty years. From 1953 to 1975, he was lecturer in harmony at the Stockholm Conservatory. where he was appointed a professor in 1968.
von Koch became a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music in 1957. He has received numerous other honors and prizes at both national and international levels for his compositions. He has written six symphonies (of which the fifth, Lapponica, is dedicated to the Sami people), twelve Scandinavian Dances, one opera (Pelle Svanslös), and five ballets, as well as music for wind orchestra.
Even in his nineties he composed/studied every day. His motto was always to "keep the melody".
Vinterpastoral (Winter Pastoral) dates from 1983 and is a highly evocative work. I got as much variety as I could, and used some of the unenclosed Choir division for "solos," as well as the more romantic stops of the Solo organ. There's a part that sounds like "Phantom of the Opera" as well!
I'm going to do the other 2 pastorals as well. The guy who loaned the scores to me said that while he likes the Autumn Pastoral that I've already posted:
this, one, and the other two do nothing for him... :-(
Well, I like this one as well! ;-)