Hugo Alfvén (1872-1960)

Från Havsbandet
Symphony no. 4 in C minor

opus 39

  • Year of composition: Linnéanum 16 November 1918 — 16 March 1919
  • Work category: Symphony
  • Dedication: To Margita, my daughter
  • First performed: 4 November 1919
  • Duration: 45 min

Instrumentation

4*.4*.4**.4* / 8.4.3.1 / timp, 1 perc, 2 hp, cel, pno / str
(picc, cor angl, e-flat clar, bass clar, dbn)

Solo voices/choir

1 Soprano acuto, 1 Tenore assoluto (without words)

Examples of printed editions

• Universal Edition, Wien, 1922 (U.E.7154), score and parts (score printed in facsimile of Alfvén's autograph)
• Edition Reimers, Stockholm, 1994 (ER 101214), study score

Examples of recordings

• Phono Suecia 109 (1997)
The Concert Society Orchestra, cond. Hugo Alfvén
Birgit Nilsson, soprano, Einar Andersson, tenor (rec. 1947)
• Bluebell ABCD 001 (1986)
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Stig Westerberg
Elisabeth Söderström, soprano, Gösta Winbergh, tenor (rec. 1979, earlier published as LP)
• BIS-CD-505 (1991)
The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Neeme Järvi
Christina Högman, soprano, Claes-Håkan Ahnsjö, tenor
• Brilliant Classics 8974 (republ. of above mentioned BIS-recording)

Literature

Tillman, Joakim: 'Jag ville dikta en apoteos om kärlekens högsta lycka.' Om tillkomsten av Hugo Alfvéns fjärde symfoni och dess erotiska innehåll (Hugo Alfvén − liv och verk i ny belysning, Gunnar Ternhag & Joakim Tillman (eds), Gidlund förlag, Stockholm 2012, pp. 191−237.

Description of work

• [episode 1, tenor solo:] Moderato C minor 4/4
• [episode 2, sopransolo:] Allegretto, ma non troppo G minor 3/4
• [episode 3, duet:] Lento 4/4
• [episode 4:] C minor