Today is the first day of my Mission: Happiness. 2017. I woke up early in the morning in a great mood (Yay! +1 point to my karma!) and nice music appeared in my head out of nowhere. It was Solveig's song from "Peer Gynt" by Edvard Grieg.
Edvard Grieg is one of my favorite composers, I even used to play some of his piano works. It's a part of "Peer Gynt", a five-act play in verse by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen. Most of performances include just symphonic music, but once I had a lucky chance to go to Saint Petersburg Academic Philharmonia and see the complete performance with drama parts with actors-readers and music by philharmonic orchestra, plus a great soprano voice in Solveig's song.
Solveig's song has always puzzled me. The love of Solveig to Peer Gynt seems to me much beyond unconditional. Sometimes I feel it closer to madness than to real love. Here is a brief plot of the story by Wikipedia: Peer Gynt.
But this morning the song sounded so light and celestial... I was trying to remember the melody and even pretended to sing. I couldn't remember the whole piece so later today I found a record of Anna Netrebko's Solveig's song that I would like to keep for my records:
Original song is in Norwegian but I found lyrics in English attached to one of the Youtube video with symphonic version of Solveig's Song:
"Perchance both winter and spring will pass,
and next summer, and the entire year: —
but at last you will come, that I know for sure;
and I'll still be waiting, for I once promised I would.
God give you strength, wherever in the world you go!
God give you joy, when you stand before his judgement seat!
Here I'll wait until you come again;
and if you are waiting up above, there we'll meet, my love!"
And then ...
I just kept listening to the complete "Peer Gynt" Suites:
It was a nice end of the day. Have a great evening as well!