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Vallflickans Dans

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Hugo Alfvén

Hugo Alfvén (arr. Schyns)

Subtitle: From 'Bergakungen'

The title translates from the Swedish as "Dance of the Shepherd Girl" from "Mountain King."

General Info

Year: 1917-1922
Duration: c. 4:05
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hafabra Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €103.00   |   Score Only (print) - €21.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Timpani (optional)
Percussion (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Alfvén used the sound resources of the later romantic orchestra in the most virtuosic ways in his Fourth Symphony and the ballet-pantomime Bergakungen (The Mountain King) which he worked on between 1918-19 and 1917-1922, respectively. The ballet is based on the legend of Den Bergtagna, the shepherdess who is abducted by the mountain king and rescued by her beloved. They are aided by a troll, who, however, indignant at not getting the girl himself, lets them die in a snow-storm. The subject was popular in the romantic era, and had been used fifty years earlier in an opera by Ivar Hallström, which was also the first Swedish opera to use folk music as its base.

Alfvén used as inspiration the work of John Bauer, the illustrator whose work in the children's story-book Bland tomtar och troll (Among Goblins and Trolls) shaped a whole generation's images of the mystical creatures of the forest ... When the work later fell from the repertory Alfvén constructed the concert suite. ... The central movements belong to some of the most magical moments in Alfvén's output, while the final Vallflickans dans (Dance of the Shepherd Girl) has become one of the most treasured lollipops in Swedish music, not least as an indispensable encore for Swedish orchestras on concert tours abroad. Bergakungen was Alfvén's last major work.

- Program notes from Naxos Records

This arrangement features the first clarinet as soloist.

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