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June Pelo
26-05-05, 21:50
I wrote previously about Einar Aaron Swan. Norden recently printed some additional info. about him:

At least one of his parents was a Swede Finn, since he had the name Einar. There is one person who possibly would know more about Einar. That's the Finnish pianist and composer Heikki Sarmanto. He collaborated with Einar's sister Aina Swan Cutler who lives in North Carolina. She is 91 and in frail health. Aina, who is Finnish-speaking, has written the English words to several of Sarmanto's compositions.

Einar Swan was a musical child prodigy who played 16 instruments: oboe, saxaphone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, piano, etc. His father was a musician and choir director, but he deserted his wife and 6 children, leaving them in utter poverty. All the children were musical. Aina was the only one who didn't become a musician.

Einar was considered a "radical" musician - he arranged Rimski-Korsakov for a jazz band. He was "very American" and never visited Finland. It was he and not his sister who wrote the words to "When Your Lover Has Gone." Einar's wife Anna lived until a few years ago. She was Jewish and Einar converted to Judaism.

Another artist who is not well-known was Warner Sallman (1892-1968), a noted artist of sacred art who was born in Chicago of emigrant parents. His father was Elias Sällman from Bråtto, Föglö, who supported his family as a carpenter in Chicago. His mother, Christina Larsson, was from Värmland in Sweden. Both emigrated to America 1886.

Son Warner became one of the 1900s most noted artists of religious motifs. His picture of the Head of Christ is one of the most well-known and has sold more than 600 million copies since 1940. The original in oil hangs in Anderson College Art Museum in Indiana. A copy can be bought on e-bay or The Catholic Superstore http://www.catholiccompany.com

When you see his painting here, you'll recognize it.


Ingemar Ekman
02-04-10, 14:20
The postage stamp showing Warner Sallman´s Head of Christ was issued 24 March 2010 by Posten Åland (www.posten.ax) including a first-day cover, used with permission from Warner Press Inc, Anderson Indiana.
See enclosed photos.
Happy Easter,