Jacob Struve (1767−1826)

En fierndels [sic] timmas Tystnad. Operette i En Acte (En fjerdedels timmas tystnad / En fjärdedels timmas tystnad / En fjärdedels timmes tystnad) [A quarter of an hour's silence. Operetta in one act]

  • Year of composition: c. 1800-1810
  • Work category: Operetta / Comic opera
  • Text author: P. Guillet ('Un quart d'heure de Silence'); translated from French by C. G. [Carl Gustaf] Nordforss [according to Ralf (1974)]
  • First performed: 21st March, 1810 at the Arsenalsteatern [the then Royal Dramatic Theatre venue in Stockholm]. Performers according to Ralf (1974):
    M. J[eannette] Wässenius (Florine)
    O[ttiliana] C[arolina] Kuhlman, previously married Deland, later married Åbergsson (Alexandrine)
    J[ohan] E[rik] Brooman (Duport)
    G[ustav] F[redrik] Åbergsson (Floricour[t])
    L[ouis] Deland (Frontin)
    A[nna] S[ofia] Frodelius (Madame Sufflot)
    Norberg [sic] (A stooge)
    [according to Ralf, Klas: The Royal Opera. Repertoire 1773-1973 (1974)]
  • Duration: Approx. 60-90 min
  • Detailed duration: 1 hour 8 min, including overture [according to Haglund (1997)]

Instrumentation / / str

Solo voices/choir

Florine (soprano)
Alexandrine (mezzo-soprano/alto)
Dupont (bass)
Floricour[t] (tenor/baritone)
Frontin (tenor)
Madame Sufflot [mute/spoken role]
En dräng [A Servant; mute/spoken role]

1 soprano (Florine), 1 mezzo-soprano/altp (Alexandrine), 1 tenor (Frontin), 1 tenor/baritone (Floricour[t]), 1 bass (Dupont); 2 mute/spoken roles

Location for score and part material

Handwritten orchestral parts can be found at the Musik- och teaterbiblioteket, as well as a handwritten piano vocal score by E. D., Stockholm 17 July, 1824 (T-clef/sv - R).

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


Haglund, Susanne: Jacob Bernhard Struve − en biografi och verkförteckning [biography and list of compositions; available in Swedish, only]. Bachelor's thesis in musicology, Stockholm University (autumn term 1997)
Ralf, Klas: Kungliga Teatern. Repertoar 1773-1973 [The Royal Theatre. Repertoire 1773-1973] (1974)

Description of work

Overture: Andante - Allegro assai D major 6/8 - 4/4 (C) [probably = No. 1]
No. 2: Dupont, Florine, Alexandrine
No. 3: 1st Cuplé: Alexandrine [2nd Cuplé has a pause all through No. 3]
No. 4: Alexandrine, Florine
No. 5: Frontin, Floricour[t]
No. 6: Finale: Florine, Alexandrine, Frontin, Floricour[t], Dupont

The plot is set on a farm in a province in France. Dupont (the father) makes a bet with his daughter Alexandrine entailing that if she is able to be silent for a whole quarter of an hour, she will be allowed to marry her cousin Floricourt. However, should they meet in passing, she must not look at him, not pay him any attention and, above all, not speak.
Alexandrine almost succeeds, except for two minutes.
Her father then lets her know that she must wait for six months until she is allowed to get married. Alexandrine is shocked. Eventually, her father gives in and Alexandrine and Floricourt can get married. [Ref. Haglund (1977), p. 15]

Work comment

The composer's family name is sometimes spelled Struwe, with/without the initials J. B. [Bernhard]

P. Guillet's libretto "Un quart d'heure de Silence" was set to music by Pierre Gaveaux (1760-1825) and was premiered at the Théâtre de l'Opéra-Comique in Paris on 9 June, 1804


(Numbering according to the score; the following square brackets denote notes in the piano–vocal score.)

No. 1. [Aria]: om äktenskap af ingen annan knöts än dem man altid [sic] ser beständigheten lifva (Florine)

No. 2. [Terzetto]: Ni ju min lexa [sic] vet? ska jag er den påminna förnuft, försiktighet (Dupont)
förnuft, försiktighet jämn stadga, foglighet (Florine, Alexandrine) /.../ Kärlek är en dårskap blott den förstör förnuft (Dupont) /.../ Kärlek du är vällust blott (Florine, Alexandrine)

No. 3. [Aria]: 1st Cuplé.: Bort all melankoli bort suckar sorg och tårar må elaka dårar de [sic] förbehållne bli (Alexandrine)
[the 2nd Cuplé part is included in the score, but has a pause all through No. 3 and there is no role name]

No. 4. [Duet]: detta är att fasligt straffa en som har så liflig [sic] blod /.../ O kärlek O kärlek du för hvilken alt [sic] vi våga /.../ I morgon det mitt bröllop blifver och jag så säll på alla sätt (Florine, Alexandrine) /.../ Nej detta larmet är det slit med Mamsell jag kommer intet ut med (Florine) /.../ Du Consonanter brukar välja /.../ I morgon det mitt bröllop blifver (Alexandrine)

No. 5. [Duet]: ack [ach] ömma känsla grymma smerta [sic], Hur grufligt plågar du ett hjerta [sic] (Frontin, Floricour[t]) /.../ Räds mig ej mer jag er nu lemmnar [sic](Floricour[t])

No. 6. [Coro] Finale: far altid [sic] fort oss dygder föreskrifva (Florine, Alexandrine, Frontin) far altid att prof af [sic] ädelt hjerta gifva (Floricour[t], Dupont) /.../ För er skall helgad blifva för er skall helgad blifva (Florine, Alexandrine, Frontin, Floricour[t], Dupont)