Harald Leonard Fryklöf was born on 14 September 1882 in the university city of Uppsala. While he was still a student at the conservatory, Harald Fryklöf sought out Johan Lindegren, a much regarded music teacher, with whom he studied counterpoint and composition. In 1876 Lindegren became the assistant lecturer in counterpoint at the Stockholm Conservatory. Harald Fryklöf spent the period from September to December 1905 in Berlin where he studied instrumentation with Philipp Scharwenka. Fryklöf claimed that this instruction was very beneficial to him. The results of his organist examination in 1903 are evidence of Harald Fryklöf’s affinity for the theory of harmony. And so it was very natural that his gifts in this direction were exploited at an early stage. Following various shorter periods as temporary organist in the Jacob and Johannes churches in Stockholm he became the long-term locum as organist of Stockholm Cathedral in 1908. Only a few months before he died, Harald Fryklöf officially became organist there.
Among the composers that he admired were Max Reger and Carl Nielsen, one for his striking harmonic imagination and the other for the purity of his classicism. But one also finds an affinity with Emil Sjögren’s lyrical Nordic style.
In March 1919 Harald Fryklöf contracted Spanish flu. This led to pneumonia and, after being ill for a few days, he died on the morning of 11 March at the Ersta Hospital at the early age of 36 years.
Ralph Gustafsson is the organist of Stockholm’s Maria Magdalena Church and organ professor at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm where he also trained as an organist with Gotthard Arnér as organ tutor, Anders Bondeman as lecturer in improvisation, Carin Gille-Rybrant as piano lecturer and Eric Ericson as tutor in choral conducting. He continued his training as an organist with Flor Peeters in Belgium. Ralph Gustafsson came into contact with the late romantic tradition in Swedish keyboard music in his native Norrköping where he was taught by Nils Eriksson who was an organist, composer and pupil of Otto Olsson. He has continued to study and document this repertoire over the years.