Natanael Berg (1879−1957)

Birgitta, opera in five images

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Second image
Interlude
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Fourth image
Interlude
Fifth image

  • Year of composition: 1941
  • Work category: Opera
  • Text author: Natanael Berg. German translation by Fritz Tutenberg.
  • First performed: 10 January 1942 at the Royal Opera, Nils Grevillius, conductor, Brita Herzberg (Birgitta) and Einar Beyron (Karl).
  • Duration: 120 min

Instrumentation

3*.3*.3*.3*. / 4.2.3.1 / timp, 1 perc, hp, org / str
picc, cor angl, bass clar, dbn

Solo voices/choir

Solo voices: 4 sopranos (Birgitta, Katarina, etc.), 3 mezzo-sopranos (Queen Giovanna, etc.), 5 tenors (Karl, Petrus, etc.), 5 baritones (Eghard, etc.), 3 basses (Birger, etc.)
Female choir, S.S.A.
Mixed choir, S.S.A.A.T.T.B.B.
Unison male choir

Examples of printed editions

Reproduction of piano vocal score in handwriting available from the online catalogue, Musik- och teaterbiblioteket. Location mark: 2008/1219

The aria Så sannades Birgittas budskap for alto/mezzo and piano is also included in 'Svenska operaarior 1874-2009', Edition Suecia, Stockholm 2012. Location mark at Musik- och teaterbiblioteket: 2013/68 (online catalogue)

Location for score and part material

Score available at Stim/Svensk musik
Score and orchestral parts available at the Royal Opera, Stockholm

  • Location autograph: Musik- och teaterbiblioteket
  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: Piano vocal score in autograph in Natanael Berg's deposition, Z/Sv.

Description of work

First image
Second image
Interlude
Third image
Fourth image
Interlude
Fifth image
(For more information, please refer to this page in Swedish)

Links

Score examples from the first, third, fourth and fifth image available at Stim/Svensk musik: http://www.mic.se/avd/mic/prod/micpdf.nsf/dl/12595f2a.pdf/$file/12595f2a.pdf


Libretto/text

Ave maris stella dei mater alma ... (alto and later soprano, behind the stage)

Choral finale: Gloria in excelsis Deo