Elfrida Andrée was one of the first female organists to be officially appointed in Scandinavia, becoming the organist at Gothenburg Cathedral in 1867. She was also a women's activist, challenging many barriers that had limited women's musical activities. In 1897 she was named leader of the Gothenburg Workers Institute Concerts, establishing her reputation as the first Swedish woman to conduct a symphony orchestra. For her services, she was elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.
In addition to many organ works, Andree also composed orchestral, piano, chamber, choral music, and an opera, numbering over 130 compositions. She was the first woman to compose an organ symphony (as represented here), the Symphony no. 2 for organ and a 12-piece brass ensemble.