Erik W. G. Leidzén

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Erik William Gustav Leidzén (1894–1962) was a Swedish musician, known for his compositions and arrangements for concert band[1] and British-style Brass Bands.

He was born into a Salvation Army family in Stockholm, Sweden on Easter Sunday, March 25, 1894. He took up the E-flat flugelhorn at age 6, and attended the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, graduating with honors in 1914. He emigrated to the United States in 1915, and continued his association with Salvation Army music there.

He was also known for his association with Edwin Franko Goldman, many of whose works Leidzén transcribed or arranged.

He died in New York City on December 20, 1962 shortly after suffering a stroke.


  1. ^ Gundersen, Egil Arnt (18 October 2011). Erik Leidzén. Store Norske Leksikon. Retrieved 20 February 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • Rehrig, William H. (1991). "Leidzen, Erik". In Bierley, Paul E. The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. 1. p. 450.
  • Holz, Ronald W. (1990) Erik Leidzen Band Arranger and Composer Studies in The History and Interpretation of Music Volume 29 The Edwin Mellen Press.0889464723
  • Fossey, Leslie (1966) This Man Leidzen 0854121498Erik W.G. Leidzen The Poetry of Erik Leidzen (Compiler Donald Ross) Salvation Army Archives, Leidzen's Papers, 221/31