Carl Jonas Love Almqvist (1793-1866) is one of the few yet current Swedish authors prior to Strindberg. Most of his writings he collected in the
universal work Törnrosens Bok (The Book of the Thornrose), in which he wa nted to unite ”picture, music and script together, and mould into a single brand” and thus create a kind of Gesamtkunstwerk. He was also strictly speaking ”only” a talented amateur, although he often claimed that deep down he was primarily a musical person. Already during or shortly after his illustrious Värmla nd adventure 1823-24 – when he left Stockholm for living an idealized peasant life in the small village Köla – he produced two large note booklets, one for voices and one for keyboard. Both wear the title Free Musical Fantasies, a nd the y associate directly to his literary counterpart, originally called “Free Fantasies, which, considered as an entity, by Mr Hugo Löwenstierna sometimes called Törnrosens Bok [Th e Book of the Thorn-rose].