Agnete and the Merman, Op.3 (Gade, Niels)
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Nicolai Christian Levin Abrahams (1798-1870), German text
Copenhagen: C. C. Lose & Delbanco, n.d.(1845). Plate 2113
Arrangements and Transcriptions
For Violin and Piano (Sitt)
Hans Sitt (1850-1922)
Copenhagen: Hansen, . Plate 11304.
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|Work Title||Agnete and the Merman|
|Alternative Title||Agnete og Havmanden|
|Year/Date of Composition||1842|
|Librettist||Hans Christian Andersen (1805−1875)|
|Dedication||A.P. Berggreen (vocal score)|
|Instrumentation||voice, choir, and orchestra|
|Related Works||The 1849 work Agnete og Havfruerne is a different piece based upon 2 of the 8 songs.|
- Grove Music classifies this as "incidental music". Although other sources, including some Gade biographies, refer to it as a "lyrical drama", it is not a lyrical drama in the French sense, i.e. opera. According to this article, "Gade wrote the music for eight songs, some for a choir, in which each person is characterized by particular combinations of instruments. The piece thus glides into the ballad opera tradition with a mixture of song and spoken dialogue". Categorization might be contentious, but Grove Music's classification is probably the closest.
- The original work was not terribly successful. Gade re-worked portions of it as Agnete and the Mermaids, and "Agnete's Berceuse" became probably the most popular selection from the original work, with many arrangements being made of it.