Ole from the Northland, Op.53 (Ippolitov-Ivanov, Mikhail)

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Publisher. Info. Moscow: P. Jurgenson, n.d.[1915]. Plates 38351-38373.
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General Information

Work Title Ole from the Northland
Alternative. Title Оле из Нордланда (Ole iz Nordlanda) ; Ole from Nordland ; Ole of Nordland
Composer Ippolitov-Ivanov, Mikhail
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.53
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 acts, 24 numbers (including entr'acte to Act IV)
  • Act I
1. Scene and duet (Gerda and Marta)
2. Scene (Ole, Gerda, and Marta)
3. Scene and duet (Ole, Gerda, later Marta and chorus)
4. Scene (Gerda and chorus)
  • Act II
5. Scene (Gerda, Johan, servants, musicians, etc.
6. Scene and arioso of Johan
7. Scene (Gerda, Ole, Johan, people, and fishermen)
8. Song of the fishermen
9. Dances with chorus
10. Little song of Ole
11. Scene of the merchant
Verses of Ole with chorus
12. Scene of the merchant and chorus
13. Scene (Ole, Johan, and Gerda)
14. Concluding scene (Johan)
  • Act III
15. Scene and chorus of girlfriends
16. Scene and ballad of Marta
Ballad of Marta
17. Dances and chrous of girlfriends
18. Scene and chorus
19. Scene and arioso of Ole
20. Concluding scene and Duet of Ole and Gerda
  • Act IV
Entr'acte
21. Scene of the night watchmen
22. Scene and Arioso of Johan
23. Concluding scene and Duet
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1915
First Performance. 1916-11-21 in Moscow, Bolshoy Theatre
First Publication. 1915
Librettist Composer, after M. Jersen
Language Russian
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices, chorus, orchestra
External Links Operone.de

Misc. Comments

  • Anyone have any idea who "M. Jersen" may have been? (also, is the title on the cover in Russian? It doesn't seem to say "... from the North Country" - maybe in early 20th-century Russian... - oh- Ole from Nordlanda...) - Schissel
  • In Russian -landia or -land (-ландия, -ланд) is used to make names of foreign Europian countries (e.g. in children's language or fairy tales). So although Nordland is not a Russian word, it can be easily understood by any Ruassian as North Country.
  • M. Jersen was the secretary of Swedish-Nogwegian Consulate in St. Petersburg. Died from tuberculosis. He was a friend of Ippolitov-Ivanov's father. The original piece used for libretto was an unpublished play left at their house, which was translated by composer's sister into Russian, when he was only a child (at least it is stated so here: Музыкальное образование в контексте культуры).
  • In 1928, revived at the Bolshoi Theater by its director Vladimir Leonardovich (Knipper) Nardov (1876–1942) (as Russian Wikipedia (Nardov's article) puts it, its first appearance on the Soviet (post-1917) stage.)