Wilhelm Peterson-Berger (1867−1942)

Kantat vid Kungl. Teaterns i Stockholm 150-årsjubileum 18 januari 1923, cantata for soli, choir and orchestra (Opera cantata)

I. Early spring
II. Pastoral
III. Ballade - Apollo's entree
IV. Bacchus procession
V. Meeting of the Gods
VI. Dance of the Muses
VII. Victory Hymn (Choral Finale)

  • Year of composition: Aug-Dec 1922 (lyrics printed 1923)
  • Work category: Opera, one act
  • Text author: Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
  • First performed: 18 January 1923 the Royal Opera (cond: Armas Järnefelt). Vocal soloists: David Stockman (Apollon), Åke Wallgren (Dionysos). Solo quartet: Greta Söderman, Signe Schillander, David Stockman, Åke Wallgren
  • Duration: Approx. 30-40 min

Instrumentation

2*.2.2.2 / 3.2.3.1 / timp, perc, hp, pno / str
(picc)

Solo voices/choir

Apollo (tenor)
Dionysus (bass)
9 Song Goddesses: Polyhymnia (soprano), Urania (alto), Kleio (alto), Kalliope (soprano), Melpomene (soprano), Thaleia (mezzo soprano), Terpsichore (mezzo-soprano, Euterpe (alto), Erato (mezzo-soprano)
Solo quartet: S.A.T.B.
Female choir (S.S.A.), Male choir (T.T.B.B.), Mixed choir (S.A.T.B.)

Examples of printed editions

Piano reduction published by Musikaliska Konstföreningen (1942).

  • Location autograph: Musik- och teaterbiblioteket
  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: Z/Sv

Literature

Text is printed in 'Gustaf III:s opera. Minnesskrift utgiven med anledning av Kungl. Teaterns 150-årsjubileum 1773 18/1 1923' (Aktiebolaget Gunnar Tisells Tekniska Förlag, Ivar Hæggströms Boktryckeri A. B., Stockholm 1923)

Description of work

I. Early spring: Andante A major - C minor - G-flat major 4/4 (C)
Mixed choir (S.A.T.B)

II. Pastoral: Allegretto grazioso e con gioja A major 2/4 ('Attacca n:o III')
Solo quartet (S.A.T.B.)

III. Ballade - Apollo's entree: Andante tranquillo - Maestoso con moto E-flat minor - E-flat major alla breve, 3/4
Apollo, Polyhymnia, Urania, Kleio, Kalliope, Melpomene, Thaleia, Terpsichore, Euterpe, Erato, Three part female choir (= the 9 Song Goddesses), Male choir (T.T.B.B.), Mixed choir (S.A.T.B.)

IV. Bacchus procession: (Tempo marks missing) B-flat minor - E major - B-flat minor 3/2, 9/4 ("Attacca No 4")
Mixed choir (S.A.T.B.)

V. Meeting of the Gods: [Attacca] Poco tranquillo D major - D minor 4/4 (C)
Apollo, Dionysus

VI. Dance of the Muses: a) Andante con moto solenne C major 4/4 (C); b) Con moto grazioso F major - A minor - C major 2/4
Solo quartet (S.A.T.B.), Female choir (= the 9 Song Goddesses)

VII. Victory Hymn (Choir Finale): Con moto gajo e pomposo A major 3/4
Apollo, Female choir (the 9 Song Goddesses), Mixed choir (S.A.T.B.)