Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758)

Then Svenska Messan / Svenska Mässan [The Swedish Mass]

HRV 404

[1. Choir] Kyrie: Herre förbarma tig [sic] öfver oss
[2. Choir] Ära vare Gud i högden [sic]
[3. Choir] Och frid på jordene [sic]
[4. Aria] Vi lofve tig vi välsigne tig (soprano)
[5. Choir] Vi tacke tig för tina store äro
[6. Soli and choir] O Herre Gud himmelske konung (soprano, alto, [tenor], bass)
[7. Aria] O Herre Gud himmelske konung (soprano)
[8. Duet] O Herre thens [sic] Aldra högstes enfödde Aon (soprano, alto)
[9. Aria] O Herre Gud Guds Lamb [sic] (alto)
[10. Duet] Tu som sitter på fadrens högra hand (soprano, bass)
[11. Choir] Tu som borttager verldenes [sic] synder
[12. Solo och kör] Ty tu äst allena Helig (soprano)
[13a. Choir] Med then helga anda
[13b. Choir] I Guds faders härlighet

  • Year of composition: 1752 (at the latest)
  • Work category: Mixed choir with solo voice(s) and orchestra
  • Text author: Parts from the Swedish hymnal of 1695, etc. (according to Holm)
  • First performed: "Upf. 1752" ([i.e., performed in 1752] according to a [Roman’s?] annotation in the autograph, most likely referring to the first performance, which took place in early March this year at the Ekeblad House in Stockholm. (The house, now demolished, was owned by riksrådet [approx. member of the Privy Council] count Claes Ekeblad, Jr., married to Eva De la Gardie, the first woman to be welcomed as member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.)
  • Duration: Approx. 40-50 min
  • Detailed duration: about 45' (according to Musica Sveciae's recording)

Instrumentation

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Solo voices/choir

soloists: soprano, alto, (tenor), bass
choir: S.A.T.B.

Location for score and part material

Copies can be found in the Musik- och teaterbiblioteket (KO/Sv.-R, Ro:62b); a bass part in the Uppsala University Library (hs. 76:2:26); movements 1-2, 4-5, 10-11, 13 in the Västerås stadsbibliotek (Molér 145[31]); movements 1 and 13b in the Lund University Libraries (Kraus 245); movement 3 in the Musik- och teaterbiblioteket (Ro:62d) and the Lund University Libraries (Engelhardt 626); movement 9 in the Musik- och teaterbiblioteket (Ro:62c, C2B-R), the Västernorrlands museum, Härnösand (da Roman), the Lund University Libraries (Engelhardt 359), Uppsala University Library (hs. 64:1:2 f-g); movement 13b in the Musik- och teaterbiblioteket (Ro:62c, C2B-R)

  • Location autograph: Musik- och teaterbiblioteket
  • Possible call no. and autograph comment: Ro:62a

Literature

Holm, Anna Lena: "Tematisk förteckning över J.H. Romans vokalverk". Musikaliska akademiens bibliotek (1994)

Description of work

[1. Choir] Kyrie: Lento F major 4/4 (C)
[2. Choir] Andante B-flat major 4/4 (C)
[3. Choir] Tempo giusto D minor
[4. Aria] Gustoso D minor 3/4
[5. Choir] Con Spirito F major 4/4 (C)
[6. Soli and choir] Lento A minor 4/4 (C)
[7. Aria] Moderato C major 3/8
[8. Duet] Andantino A major alla breve
[9. Aria] Lento D major 6/8
[10. Duet] Andante B minor alla breve
[11. Choir] Largo E minor 3/4
[12. Solo and choir] Allegro G major alla breve
[13a. Choir] (Grave [according to Holm]; albeit no time signature in Ro:62a) C major 4/4 (C)
[13b. Choir] (no time signature) F major 4/4 (C)

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Work comment

Authenticated work (according to Holm)

According to Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon Roman, on 2 November, 1751, submitted a document to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (where, since 1740, he had been member) containing a proposal of measures aiming at promoting in particular church music with Swedish texts.

After the last bar in the autograph Roman has written 'G. v. L.' (Gud vare Lof/Lov [God be praised])


Libretto/text

[1. Choir] Kyrie: Herre förbarma tig [sic] öfver oss,
Christe förbarma tig öfver oss

[2. Choir] Ära vare Gud i högden [sic]
ära ära vare Gud i högden

[3. Choir] Och frid på jordene [sic]
och menniskiomen [sic] en god vilje

[4. Aria] Vi lofve tig vi välsigne tig
vi tilbedje tig vi prise och äre tig (soprano)

[5. Choir] Vi tacke tig för tina store äro
Vi tacke tig för tina store äro

[6. Soli and choir] O Herre Gud Himmelske konung
Gud Fader Alsmäktig [sic] (soprano, alto, [tenor], bass)

[7. Aria] O Herre Gud himmelske konung
Gud Fader Alsmäktig (soprano)

[8. Duet] O Herre thens [sic] Aldra högstes enfödde Son
Jesu Christe thens Aldra högstes enfödde Son (soprano, alto)

[9. Aria] O Herre Gud Guds Lamb [sic] och Fadrens Son
Tu som borttager verldenes [sic] synder (alto)

[10. Duet] Tu som sitter på fadrens högra hand
hör vår bön (soprano, bass)

[11. Choir] Tu som borttager verldenes synder
förbarma tig öfver oss

[12. Solo and choir] Ty tu äst allena Helig
Ty tu äst allena Helig (soprano)

[13a. Choir] Med then helga anda
Med then helga anda 

[13b. Choir] I Guds Faders härlighet
i Guds Faders härlighet