Joseph Martin Kraus (1756−1792)

Cantata. Den frid et menlöst hjerta

VB 45 (earlier VB 8/VB 8a)

I. Arie und Rezitativ
Ia. Arietta
II. Arie

  • Year of composition: Stockholm 1780, revised in 1782 (according to van Boer; see more below)
  • Work category: Voice and orchestra
  • Arrangement/revision: No. II, Arie, was revised in Stockholm 1781-1782 (according to van Boer)
  • Duration: Approx. 10-15 min
  • Detailed duration: Uncertain

Instrumentation

2.1.0.0 / 2.0.0.0 / (cont) / str (the oboe was crossed out i the later version according to van Boer)

Solo voices/choir

Soprano

  • Location autograph: Musik- och teaterbiblioteket
  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: Z/Sv Autographs for both versions exist at Musik- och teaterbiblioteket (according to van Boer); one is missing the introductory ritornello)

Literature

van Boer Jr, Bertil H: Die Werke von Joseph Martin Kraus. Systematisch-thematisches Werkverzeichnis, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music series no. 56, Stockholm (1988); an updated edition in English with a partly revised VB-numbering was published in 1998 by Pendragon Press under the title 'Joseph Martin Kraus. A Systematic-Thematic Catalogue of His Musical Works and Source Study'

Description of work

I. Arie und Rezitativ: Andante A major 2/4
Ia. Arietta: E-flat major 4/4 (C)
II. Arie: Allegro moderato - Largo G major 4/4 (C) - 3/4


Libretto/text

I. Den frid et menlöst hjerta njuter af kärlek
Hvi skall mitt bröst för denna Guden röras?
Ia. I forna nöjen som mer ej kunna ivnnas 

II. Herden under Eken hvilar
Han bestört och häpen vaknar