Stenhammar was a major figure in Scandinavian (especially Swedish) musical life at the turn of century. I Seraillets Have (In the Seraglio’s Garden) is his four-part (SATB) setting of a text1 by the founder of the Danish naturalist movement the novelist, poet, and scientist, Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847 – 1885). It’s one of three a cappella choral songs 2 that Stenhammar composed early on in his career and with its romantic harmonic language and folk-song inspired melodic lines is immediately recognisable as a Nordic revival piece. Enjoy :-).
Wilhelm Stenhammar (1871 – 1927): I Seraillets Have
Rosen sænker sit Hoved, tungt
The rose sinks its head, heavy
- The Ionian Singers conducted by Timothy Salter.