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Szene der Helga, Verwandlungsmusik und Schluss-Szene aus dem Musikdrama “Frau Helga von Stavern“

By Jan van Gilse

Vocal music
Voice and orchestra (sopr bar 3fl 2ob eh 2cl cl-b 2fg cfg 4h 3trp 3trb tb timp 2perc hp str)
25 minutes
location of manuscript archive registration number 053/061
published score
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Helga’s scene, transformation music and final scene from the music drama “Frau Helga von Stavern”

For soprano, baritone and orchestra

Words (after a Frisian legend) by Jan van Gilse

The published version edited by John Smit

Complete music drama: Donemus (D07750)

About Jan van Gilse

(05/11/1881 - 09/08/1944)
Jan van Gilse

Jan van Gilse received his musical education in Germany. His music developed into a synthesis of French impressionism and German romanticism. He became a popular conductor and one of the founders of the Society of Dutch composers (GeNeCo) and also the copyright organization BUMA. During the war, this socially engaged human being was fiercely anti-German. He had to pay a heavy price for his fighting spirit.

by dr. Hans van Dijk