Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström

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Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström (22 December 1879 in Gävle Sweden as Valborg Svärdström 1 February 1972 in Bad Boll-Eckwälden) was a Swedish singer, voice teacher, and anthroposophist

Gävle Place in Gästrikland, Sweden

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Valborg Werbeck-Sverdström grew up in the northern regions of Sweden. “I was born 22. September 1879 in Gävle. 173 Km north of Stockholm,Sweden. My childhood, as far back as my memory reaches, was spent in intimate contact with Nature. […] I was always able to sing. I suppose one could say I was something of a child prodigy." [1]

When she was ten, her family moved to Stockholm, where the music educator Alice Tegnér discovered her talent. She was already performing at the age of eleven. After completing school and her studies at the Conservatory, she gave her debut and was received into the Ensemble of the Royal Swedish Opera.

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Alice Tegnér Swedish music teacher and childrens songs composer

Alice Charlotta Tegnér was a Swedish music teacher, poet and composer. She is the foremost composer of Swedish children's songs during the late 19th century and the first half of the 20th century.

Royal Swedish Opera building in Stockholm Municipality, Stockholm County, Sweden

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She was hailed as the new Jenny Lind" – the Swedish nightingale. As a concert and opera singer she experienced enormous success in many of the European countries. In 1906 she married Louis Michael Julius Werbeck, the German writer and musician from Hamburg and moved with him to Germany. [2]

Jenny Lind Swedish classical singer

Johanna Maria "Jenny" Lind was a Swedish opera singer, often called the "Swedish Nightingale". One of the most highly regarded singers of the 19th century, she performed in soprano roles in opera in Sweden and across Europe, and undertook an extraordinarily popular concert tour of the United States beginning in 1850. She was a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music from 1840.

In 1908 she met Rudolf Steiner and received from him indications for her work and encouragement not to give up her successful singing career, but rather to pursue it against her original intentions. Her studies with experienced teachers had certainly guided her to a successful operatic career, but it had shown her that these methods of instruction also endangered her natural voice. She began searching for new methods of developing the voice, and remained in close contact about this with Rudolf Steiner until his death. At the same time she began to build up a method of singing therapy that she later was later to develop further together with Eugen Kolisko, who took singing lessons with her from time to time, and with Ita Wegman. In 1928 her husband died. In 1938 her book '’Uncovering the Voice: The Cleansing Power of Song’’ appeared in German. The work she had started in her singing school of the same name in Hamburg was introduced by Wilhelm Dörfler into his choir work from 1932 until 1939 at the Goetheanum in Dornach. The rise of National Socialism in Germany made her work increasingly difficult. Eventually she had to close her school and spent the War years in semi-isolation in Silesia. The years following the War she devoted totally to her therapeutic work and to the instruction of a circle of young musicians that had gathered around her. [3]

Rudolf Steiner Austrian esotericist

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Eugen Kolisko was an Austrian-German physician and educator who was born in Vienna. He studied medicine at the University of Vienna, and in 1917 became a lecturer of medical chemistry. He was the son of pathologist Alexander Kolisko (1857-1918).

Ita Wegman Dutch physician

Ita Wegman co-founded Anthroposophical Medicine with Rudolf Steiner. In 1921, she founded the first anthroposophical medical clinic in Arlesheim, known until 2014 as the Ita Wegman Clinic. She also developed a special form of massage therapy, called rhythmical massage, and other self-claimed therapeutic treatments.

Valborg Werbeck-Sverdström died in 1972 at the age of 93.

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  1. Uncovering the Voice – The Cleansing Power of Song by Valborg Werbeck-Svärdström Rudolph Steiner Press 2008 ISBN   1855842092 ISBN   978-1855842090
  2. Werbeck Biography
  3. Werbeck Biografie