Agnete and the Merman, Op.3 (Gade, Niels)

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Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, 1842
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Translator Nicolai Christian Levin Abrahams (1798-1870), German text
Publisher. Info. Copenhagen: C. C. Lose & Delbanco, n.d.(1845). Plate 2113
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For Violin and Piano (Sitt)

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Arranger Hans Sitt (1850-1922)
Publisher. Info. Copenhagen: Hansen, n.d.[1894]. Plate 11304.
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General Information

Work Title Agnete and the Merman
Alternative. Title Agnete og Havmanden
Composer Gade, Niels
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.3
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. ING 2
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 8 songs
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1842 ca,
Librettist Hans Christian Andersen (1805−1875)
Language Danish
Dedication A.P. Berggreen (vocal score)
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voice, choir, and orchestra
Related Works The 1849 work Agnete og Havfruerne is a different piece based upon 2 of the 8 songs.
External Links DKB article (Danish)
Wikipedia article (Dutch): Sange af Agnete og havmanden

Misc. Comments

  • 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.