Joseph Martin Kraus (1756−1792)

Music to 'Fintbergs bröllop'. Comedy in two acts with arias and couplet songs/vaudevilles

VB 28 (earlier VB 27)

  • Year of composition: Stockholm 1787 (according to van Boer)
  • Work category: Incidental music
  • Text author: Carl Gustaf von Holthusen
  • First performed: 7 January 1788 at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, conducted by Carl Stenborg (according to van Boer)
  • Duration: Approx. 25-30 min
  • Detailed duration: Uncertain

Instrumentation

2*.2.0.1 / 2.2.0.0 / timp (cont) / str
(picc)

Solo voices/choir

Solo voices (character names not known; according to van Boer, however, it is likely that the bass art denotes to the main character, Fintberg): 1 soprano, 1 tenor, 1 bass

Choir: S.A.T.B. (S.T.B.B. according to earlier information by van Boer; see more below)

Location for score and part material

Transcription by the copyist Fredrik Samuel Silverstolpe exists at Uppsala University Library: Kapsel 57:3a, 22. Si-S under the title 'Fintbergs bröllop af Kraus Skrifven för den Stenborgska Théatern i Stockholm' (according to van Boer)

  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: Autograph lost

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

No. 1 (Aria): Hvad jag gör, gör jag för vänner (Bass)
No. 2 (Aria): Glad jag dessa blomstren knyter (Soprano)
No. 3 (Aria): När i trompeten [sic] det stöter (Bass)
No. 4 (Aria): Kärlek all min låga tänder (Tenor)
No. 5 (Aria): Är det då du facklan tänder (Bass)
No. 6 (Aria): Min pokal är mägtig nog (Bass)
No. 7 (Couplet songs/Vaudevilles): Kärlek kan mig aldrig föra (Soprano, Tenor and Bass solo and Choir [the choir is however not mentioned in van Boer's later edition; see more below])


Libretto/text

No. 1 (Aria): Hvad jag gör, gör jag för vänner (Bass)

No. 2 (Aria): Glad jag dessa blomstren knyter (Soprano)

No. 3 (Aria): När i trompeten [sic] det stöter (Bass)

No. 4 (Aria): Kärlek all min låga tänder (Tenor)

No. 5 (Aria): Är det då du facklan tänder (Bass)

No. 6 (Aria): Min pokal är mägtig nog (Bass)

No. 7 (Couplet songs/Vaudevilles): Kärlek kan mig aldrig föra (Soprano, Tenor and Bass solo and Choir)