1813–1882
Oscar Ahnfelt
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May 21, 1813, Gullarp, Skåne, Sweden.

October 22, 1882, Karlshamn, Blekinge, Sweden.

Hvilans Kyrkogård, Karlshamn, Blekinge, Sweden.

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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 him, 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.

  1. Ack, Saliga Stunder
  2. Ahnfelt
  3. Blott en Dag
  4. My Heart Is Yearning Ever
  5. Tjäna
  6. Tryggare Kan Ingen Vara
  7. Var Jag Går