August Söderman (1832−1876)

Bröllopet på Ulfåsa [Wedding at Ulfåsa]

  • Year of composition: 1865
  • Work category: Incidental music
  • Text author: Frans Hedberg
  • Dedication: (Frans Hedberg's dedication: To Mrs Elise Hwasser)
  • First performed: At Kgl. Stora Theatern [the Royal Opera] 1 April 1865
  • Duration: Approx. 120-180 min
  • Detailed duration: Ca 180 min [incl. intervals] according to the Royal Opera's advertisement of the premiere.
    88' according to broadcast SR P1, 26 July

Instrumentation

2*.2.2.2 / 2.2.1*.0 / timp / str
(picc, bass tbn)
1 hn and 1 trp 'På Theatern; Efter No 4. Bröllopslek och Dans'

Solo voices/choir

All parts are speaking parts. Mixed choir appears.

Birger Jarl, to Bjellbo (Bjälbo)
Metchild/Mechthild, his consort
Bengt Lagman, his brother
Härved Boson, the captain's cheiftain
Magnhild, his wife, sister of the captain
Knut Algotson, knight
Ingrid, his wife
Sigrid, their daughter
Botvid, prior in Wreta
Kol Tynneson, Bengt's equerry
Sune, Bengt's writer
Björn, Knut's old squire
Inga, his daughter

Knights, Bridesmaids, Squires, Swordsmen, Allmoge

Mixed choir (S.A.T.B.)

Examples of printed editions

Visa (Ingas visa): Abr. Lundquist, Abr. L. 4993 (with piano ackompaniment)
Bröllopsmarsch: Elkan & Schildknecht, E.S. 287 (piano reduction)
Bröllopslek: Elkan & Schildknecht, E. & S. 1223 (piano reduction)

Location for score and part material

Hand written orchestral parts at Musik- och teaterbiblioteket's collections

  • Location autograph: Musik- och teaterbiblioteket
  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: Kungl. Teatern [the Royal Opera], Operetter B 28

Examples of recordings

Bröllopsmarsch (3'29). Symfoniorkestern vid NorrlandsOperan, cond: Roy Goodman
Sterling CDS 1040-2 (2001; recorded in June 2000)

Literature

'Bröllopet på Ulfåsa. Skådespel i fyra akter. Svenskt original af F. Hedberg. Uppfördt på Kgl. Stora Theatern första gången d. 1 April 1865.'
Albert Bonniers Förlag (Högbergska boktryckeriet, Stockholm) 1865

Freund, Susanna: 'Om Bröllopet på Ulfåsa på Kungliga Teatern 1865', Stockholms universitet, Institutionen för teater och filmvetenskap, bachelor's thesis 1985

Jeanson, Gunnar: 'August Söderberg. En svensk tondiktares liv och verk', 1926

Description of work

The play takes place in Östergötland, partly at Bjelbo [sic!], and partly at and around Ulfåsa. The year is 1261.