Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871−1927)

Midvinter
Swedish rapsody for choir and orchestra

opus 24

  • Year of composition: Florence, Spring 1907 (17 March)
  • Work category: Mixed choir and orchestra
  • First performed: 15 April 1908, Gothenburg Orchestral Society, conducted by the composer
  • Duration: 13 min

Instrumentation

3*.2.2.3 / 4.3.3.1 / timp / str: 12.12.8.8.6
(picc)

Solo voices/choir

Mixed choir: S.A.T.B.
(S+A: at least 25, T+B: at least 15)

Examples of printed editions

Wilhelm Hansen, Musik-Forlag, Kristiania

Examples of recordings

• Musica Sveciae MSCD 26, 1990
Swedish Radio Choir, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, cond. Esa-Pekka Salonen
• BIS-CD438,
Gothenburg Concert Choir, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, cond. Neeme Järvi

Literature

Stagling, Ingvor: Wilhelm Stenhammar och Den signade dag: från uppteckning till rapsodi (bachelor's thesis Uppsala Univ., Musicology, 2001)
Liner notes to the Musica Sveciae recording.
Liner notes to the BIS recording.

Description of work

Molto sostenuto 4/4 A minor
(In the choral part the choir sings in 4/4 while the orchestra plays in 3/4)


Libretto/text

Lyrics in Swedish and German:

Den signade dag som vi nu här se
af himmelen till oss nedkomma,
Han blifve oss säll, han låte sig te
Oss allom till glädje och fromma!
Ja, Herren den högste oss alla i dag
för synder och sorger bevare!

Der heilige Tag den wir nun gesehn
vom Himmel zu uns niederkommen,
er werde uns hold, er strahle uns schön
uns Allen zu Freude und Frommen.
Ja, Gott, der Allmächt'ge uns Alle heut'
Sünden und Kummer bewahre!