Song of Norway


SONG OF NORWAY is a romantic operetta based loosely on the life of composer Edvard Grieg, whose best loved compositions are transformed into glorious vocal numbers.

Music samples courtesy of Sepia Records and Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

  • Synopsis
  • Credits
  • Orchestration
  • Materials
  • Cast
  • History
  • Upcoming
  • Rikard Nordraak, the young poet, has written a beautiful poem about Norway, which Edvard Grieg, the young composer, has promised to set to music. Edvard and Rikard accompany Nina Hagerup, with whom Edvard is in love, to the midsummer’s eve celebration in the small city of Bergen, Norway.

    To this colorful town comes the famous opera star, Countess Louisa Giovanni, and her husband, Count Peppi LeLoup. The Countess is enchanted by the music and person of Edvard Grieg. She offers him the opportunity of accompanying her on a concert tour through Europe. Nina and Edvard announce their betrothal just prior to Edward’s departure with the Countess and her husband.

    One year later, Edvard has attained some renown as a composer and is the rage of Copenhagen under the sponsorship of his patroness, the Countess. The elder Griegs have come to Copenhagen with Nina and Rikard to attend Edvard’s concert. They are taken aback at the change in the young composer. Nina and Rikard are upset, because Edvard has agreed to write the music for Henrik Ibsen’s poetic drama Peer Gynt, abandoning his promise to musicalize Rikard’s poem about Norway.

    Based on the Life and Music of Edvard Grieg
    Lyrics and Musical Adaptation by
    Robert Wright and George Forrest
    Book by Milton Lazarus
    From a Story by Homer Curran
    By Arrangement with Edwin Lester

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    The title page of the program shall contain the following announcement in type size at least one-half the size of the authors’ credits:

    is presented by arrangement with
    Tams-Witmark, A Concord Theatricals Company

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  • Full Orchestration:

    2 Violin I
    1 Violin II
    1 Viola
    1 Cello
    1 Bass

    2 Flute I & II
    1 Oboe
    2 Clarinet I & II
    1 Bass Clarinet
    1 Bassoon

    2 Horn I & II
    1 Horn III
    2 Trumpet I & II
    2 Trombone I & II

    1 Percussion:

    Timpani (2 drums)
    Snare Drum
    Bass Drum
    Suspended Cymbal
    Chime (F-sharp)
    Sleigh Bells

    1 Harp
    1 Piano-Celeste

    Piano-Conductor’s Score (2 volumes) sent with rehearsal material.

  • Rehearsal Materials

    2       Piano/Conductor Scores
    20     Libretto/Vocal Books

  • Characters in Act I

    Einar, a boy
    Gunnar, a boy
    Sigrid, a girl
    Helga, a girl
    Eric, a boy
    Grima, a girl
    Christa, a girl
    Rikard Nordraak Tenor
    Nina Hagerup Soprano
    Edvard Grieg Baritone
    Father Grieg
    Father Nordraak
    Mother Grieg
    Young People of the Village – Singers and Dancers
    Freddy, the village fiddler
    Count Peppi LeLoup
    Louisa Giovanni (The Countess LeLoup) Soprano

    Additional Characters in Act II

    Elvera, Music Student at the Conservatory
    Hedwig, Music Student at the Conservatory
    Greta, Music Student at the Conservatory
    Marghareta, Music Student at the Conservatory
    Miss Norden, a Faculty Member
    Miss Anders, a Pupil of the Conservatory
    Henrik Ibsen
    Tito Proprietor of the Chocolate Shop
    Pisoni Impresario of the Royal Opera
    Major Domo At the Villa Pincio
    Adelina, Prima Ballerina of the opera

    Guests and Members of the Faculty at Copenhagen – Singers and Dancers
    Employees at Tito’s – Dancers
    Guests and Servants at the Villa Pincio – Singers and Dancers
    Townspeople and Neighbors of Edvard Grieg – Singers

  • SONG OF NORWAY played for 860 performances on Broadway at the Imperial and Broadway Theatres starring Irra Petina, Robert Shafer and Lawrence Brooks as Edvard Grieg. In London’s West End, it played for 526 performances at the Palace Theatre as the first Broadway import after the end of the Second World War.

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