Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960)

Synnöve Solbakken
Suite for orchestra

opus 50

Partly structured on freely adapted old Norwegian folk music and 'Synnöves sång' by Halfdan Kjerulf and partly on newly composed music.

I. Söndagsmorgon i skogen
II. Ung kärlek - Synnöve på sätern [Säterjäntans söndag av Ole Bull]
III. Hjärtesorg ("Synnöves sång" av Halfdan Kjerulf) - Pastoral
IV. Torbjörn och Synnöve
V. Längtan
VI. I Solbakken

  • Year of composition: The film music composed between September and October 1934
  • Work category: Orchestral works in several movements
  • Arrangement/revision: Arrangement for light orchestra by Eduard Hladisch 1939. NM 1579. Instrumentation 1.1.2.0 / 0.2.1.0 / 1 perc / pno direction, harm / str
  • Duration: Approx. 20-25 min
  • Detailed duration: See recordings

Instrumentation

2.2.2.2 / 2.0.0.0 / hp, pno / str

Examples of printed editions

Stockholm 1935, Nordiska musikförlaget NM 1223 (copy of the autograph)

Location for score and part material

Nordiska Musikförlaget NM 1223a

  • Location autograph: Uppsala Universitetsbibliotek
  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: UUB VMhs 181:4:1

Examples of recordings

Movements I, III, V, VI, Sterling CDS-1012-2, 1996 (rec. in 1973) 12,5 minutes
Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, cond. Harry Damgaard

The entire piece (recorded to the film Synnöve Solbakken revised as a suite) Phono Svecia PSCD 109, 1997, 21 minutes
Hanser Lina Göransson?, actress, Svensk filmindustris orkester, cond. Hugo Alfvén

Literature

Alfvén, Hugo, Final, 1952, pp. 167−171.
Hambro, Camilla, Hugo Alfvéns gjenbruk av Norges sangskatter i filmmusikken til Synnöve Solbakken (1934) - en Reader´s Digest til norsk nasjonalromantik?, in Hugo Alfvén − liv och verk i ny belysning, Gunnar Ternhag & Joakim Tillman (eds), 2012, pp. 117−146.
Hedwall, Lennart, Hugo Alfvén, 1973, pp. 252−256.

Description of work

Partly structured on freely adapted old Norwegian folk music and 'Synnöves sång' by Halfdan Kjerulf and partly on newly composed music.

I. Söndagsmorgon i skogen
Moderato G major 2/4

II. Ung kärlek - Synnöve på sätern [Säterjäntans söndag by Ole Bull]
Allegro appassionato F major 3/4

III. Hjärtesorg ('Synnöves sång' by Halfdan Kjerulf) - Pastoral
Andante F minor

IV. Torbjörn och Synnöve
Allegretto moderato, molto vigoroso C major 2/4

V. Längtan
Andantino G minor 3/4

VI. I Solbakken
Allegretto D major 2/4

Links

The film Synnöve Solbakken (1934) in Svensk filmdatabas