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- Orchestral set: Full score [partitur] & parts
- Instrumentation: 2(picc)-2(ca)-2(bcl)-2, 2-2-3-1, timp, hp, str.
- Genre: Norwegian c.19th
- Language: German, Norwegian/Danish & trans.English
- Devised and translated: R. Trubger
- Duration: 30:00
Hjertesorg for solo voices with full orchestra is dedicated to the memory of the Kjerulf expert, Nils Grinde (1927 - 2012).
Halfdan Kjerulf had a doomed love affair with his student, Marie Garben [1826 - 1909]. They had expected to marry, but their romance was ended by a tragic misunderstanding.
Hjertesorg is a selection of eleven Romanser (art songs) composed by Kjerulf, and drawn together by Rosalind Trubger, to create a work illustrating their doomed relationship from its happy beginning to its melancholy ending. The song cycle comprises nine solos and two duets, requiring two soloists, a soprano and a tenor /high baritone. (it also would be possible to perform the work with just one soloist and omitting the two duets). Kjerulf composed using texts in several languages, and so to symbolise their misunderstanding, the songs for ‘Him’ have Danish Norwegian texts, whilst all the songs for ‘Her’ are sung in German, apart from ‘Synnøves Sang’ which is sung in Norwegian and stands as a pivotal moment in the work.
The vocal score includes singable English translations* are given, closely following the original patterns of rhyme and meter, so that they can be used for performance with /or instead of either of the original languages. All the songs are retained in the original keys:
Fuglekvidder, Skovbækken, Spanische Romanze, Min Hjerte, Sehnsucht, Om jeg elske, Die Schwester, Serenade, Synnoves Sang, Tauschung, Kein Wort.
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