Carl Ludvig Lithander (1773-1843)

Sonata for the Piano Forte in which is introduced an Ancient Swedish National Air

[1.] Allegro con Spirito
[2.] Andante Cantabile
[3.] Scherzo Allegro
[4.] Rondo Allegro/ Swedish Air. Più moderato / Allegro

  • Year of composition: Year of composition uncertain (Lithander lived in London 1814-1818)
  • Work category: Piano
  • Dedication: "Composed & Dedicated to Muzio Clementi, Exq. by C. L. Lithander" (according to the printed sheet music)
  • Duration: Approx. 20-25 min
  • Detailed duration: 21'56 (according to Alba's CD)

Examples of printed editions

Printed by Clementi & Co.[,] 26 Cheapside [London; as of 1789 the company was owned by Clementi]

Description of work

[1.] Allegro con Spirito C major 4/4 (C)
[2.] Andante Cantabile F major - F minor 3/4
[3.] Scherzo Allegro C major 3/4
[4.] Rondo Allegro C major 2/4 / Swedish Air. Più moderato A minor 2/4 / Allegro C major 2/4


Work comment

The above-mentioned 'ancient Swedish national air' refers to "Herr Peder och liten Kerstin", which is a Swedish folk song, existing in a number of arrangements, e.g., for mixed choir (by Hugo Alfvén, published by A.-B. Carl Gehrmans Musikförlag, Stockholm [C. G. 3194]).


Libretto/text

Swedish Air:
Herr Peder och liten Kerstin de sutto öfver bord &c [sic]