Classical Sunday: Alfvén’s Midsommarvaka

Something Swedish today.  Not very long, but very fitting with this weekend: The summer Solstice was on Friday on the 21st, and Midsummer Day is tomorrow, on 24 June.

Hugo Alfvén: “Midsommarvaka”

Swedish Rhapsody No. 1, Op. 19

Iceland Symphony Orchestra
Petri Sakari

The Rhapsody, written in 1903, is the best-known piece by Hugo Alfvén, and also one of the best-known pieces of music in Sweden.  The score, published around 1906, describes it thus:

A fantasy on popular Swedish folk melodies depicting the moods evoked by an old-time Swedish Midsummer wake; the dancing and games around the May-pole through the magic night of Midsummer Eve.  One theme is the composer’s own invention, while other themes are borrowed from the folk-music of Sweden and elaborated by the composer.


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