Wilhelm Peterson-Berger (1867−1942)

Sveagaldrar. Förspel (Hyllningsmarsch) [Swedish galdrs. Prelude (Tribute March)]

  • Year of composition: 1897
  • Work category: Orchestral works in one movement
  • Text author: Wilhelm Peterson-Berger
  • First performed: 21st September 1897. According to Henrik Karlsson's list of Peterson-Berger's works (2004), this opera premiered at the Kungliga Teatern [The Royal Theatre/Opera] and was conducted by Conrad Nordqvist (?), whereas the 'Kungliga Teatern. Repertoar 1773-1973' (1974) states that it took place at the Svenska Teatern [The Swedish Theatre, Stockholm] as the new opera house did not open until 1898, and under the baton of R[ichard] Henneberg.
  • Duration: Approx. 5-10 min
  • Detailed duration: 6.59


3*.2.2.2 / 4.3.3*.1 / timp, perc / str
(picc, bass tbn)

Location for score and part material

Score and parts in facsimile at Musik- och teaterbiblioteket

  • Location autograph: Musik- och teaterbiblioteket
  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: Z/Sv According to a note in the autograph (score in ink), the harp is only present in the final scene of the cantata (which is, by the way, identical to the prelude). There also exists an autograph of the Förspelet ("Hyllningsmarsch") [Prelude. Tribute March] set for piano (with the inscription "Correctur!" [Proof!])


Karlsson, Henrik: Wilhelm Peterson-Berger. Verkförteckning [List of works] (2004) [available at the Musik- och teaterbiblioteket]

Description of work

Allegro vivo à la marcia A major 4/4 (C)

Work comment

See also "Sveagaldrar. Ett sångdramatiskt festspel (till Oscar II:s 25-åriga regeringsjubileum) i 4 bilder".

The word 'galdrar' [galdrs] refers to old Norse magic chants, especially for spellsor incantations; 'Svea' = Swedish/Swedes.