Op. 17 Romanser och sånger. Songs after Swedish poems.
A song cycle for mezzo soprano and piano by M. E. Ljungdahl
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A silk worm (1644)
The ballad of a Chinese picture (1980)
Magpies sit on the highest spire (c. 1750)
An entrusted pain (1986)
Strange elements (2011)
The cornucopia of inhabited worlds (2009)
Adversity and Providence (1772)
My heart’s delight, how still! (1651)
(the years mentioned in the titles of the songs are when the poems were written or first published)
The poem “Förklaring” was written by the Swedish poet Karin Boye (1900-1941) and published in 1922. This setting of the poem, including the English version of the lyrics, was written in 2018.