psc 1235- booklet.indd - Paul Okkenhaug

psc 1235- booklet.indd - Paul Okkenhaug

also finishing on a flamboyant note ” har ein liten kjærast nord i skogen”

(...north in the forest I have a little girlfriend). Herrens moder, based on a text

by Edvard Brandes from 1930, has a melancholy atmosphere, but nonetheless

belongs to Okkenhaug’s emotional first period. In 1936 he arranged it for cello

and piano, and wrote a new middle section; the new piece was given the title

Legende and was dedicated to the cellist Håkon Hoem. Anticipation of the

spring is the theme in Theodor Caspari’s text Og nu staar bjerken i brudeslør

(And now the birch is dressed in bridal veil) (1932).

While we were working on the publication of Fra koral til barcarole, a

collection of Okkenhaug’s pieces, we came across a hitherto unfamiliar song.

Neither relatives nor any specialists could remember ever having heard

Ditt øie. Arnulf Øverland’s poem was published in 1934 and the song was

probably written the following year, presumably inspired by the text which

struck a chord with Okkenhaug. The influence of impressionism is very much

present in this work. From 1937 Paul Okkenhaug studied composition with

Bjarne Brustad and David Monrad Johansen, two Norwegian composers who

periodically ventured into impressionism.

In 1940 Okkenhaug composed Songen hennar Søber (the original poem is

in fact entitled Songin henna Søber) to a text by Inge Krokann. This poem is

written in the Oppdal dialect and has twelve verses; Okkenhaug took seven

of them, and gave each one a different musical setting to emphasize the

different moods. The arrangement of Strilevise was written for the soprano

Ingrid Vasseljen and her singer friend Ingrid Gjervan just before the war.

On a visit to Okkenhaug they sang through the piece, which gave them

obvious pleasure! En to tre fir is also an arrangement of an existing melody.

The original was by Jo M.K. Sandvik, at that time a teacher at the Rudolf


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