Natanael Berg (1879−1957)

Judith, opera in five acts

Act 1
Interlude
Act 2
Act 3
Act 4
Interlude
Act 5

  • Year of composition: 1935
  • Work category: Opera
  • Text author: Natanael Berg after Friedrich Hebbel's tragedy, 1840
  • First performed: 22 February 1936 at the Royal Opera, Stockholm. Brita Hertzberg (Judith), Nils Grevillius conductor.
  • Duration: Approx. 120-180 min

Instrumentation

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

Solo voices/choir

Solo voices: 2 sopranos (Judith, Mirza), 5 tenors (Ephraim, etc.), 8 baritones (Holofernes, Achior, Assad, etc.), 6 basses (Daniel, etc.)
Female choir, S.S.A.A.
Male choir, T.T.B.B.
Mixed choir, S.S.A.T.T.B.

Examples of printed editions

Piano vocal score at at Musik- och teaterbiblioteket, location mark 2008/1220 (online catalogue)

The libretto, K. L. Svensson, Karlskrona 1954, available at Musik- och teaterbiblioteket, location mark D 627:1 (online catalogue)

Location for score and part material

Score and parts can be purchased/for rent from Stim/Svensk musik

Description of work

Act 1
Interlude
Act 2
Act 3
Interlude
Act 4
Act 5
(For more information, please refer to this page in Swedish.)

Links

Score example (first 10 pages) available at Stim/Svensk musik: http://www.mic.se/avd/mic/prod/micpdf.nsf/dl/12604f1a.pdf/$file/12604f1a.pdf


Libretto/text

Offer! (Holofernes)

Åt vilken gud? .... (Översteprästen)