Gunnar Wennerberg (1817-1901)

In Lenom. Medeltida munkvers ("Så [sic] contigit in Lenom") [At Lena]

  • Year of composition: Year of composition uncertain
  • Work category: Male choir a cappella
  • Text author: A munks' verse from the Middle Ages (according to the printed music)
  • Duration: Approx. 1-5 min

Solo voices/choir


Examples of printed editions

Sångarförbundet. Samling fyrstämmiga sånger för mansröster. Third part, Abr. Hirschs Förlag, Ed. no. 2785

Description of work

Spryly and merrily A minor alla breve

Work comment

According to the printed music, the song is about the battle of Lena (now Kungslena) in Västergötland (a province in Sweden), in 1208. The original text, which has been somewhat altered by the composer, means approx. "This is what happened at Lena: two Danes on the run got beaten on their behinds by the Swedes".

This song also exists in a setting for mixed choir a cappella (T.T.B.B.). See separate post for that version.


Så contigit in Lenom,
duo Danske lupo för enom [sic]