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Ida Moberg’s Collected works – Free Sheet Music in PDF format

Updated: Mar 29

Ida Moberg (1859-1947) was a Finnish composer. She studied in Helsinki, St. Peterburg

and Dresden and was on the brink of a breakthrough to the national scene in the early

1900’s. She debuted quite late and gave a composition concert in 1906 with her

Symphony (lost) and cantata Vaknen (Awake). The critics were, however, unenthusiastic

and composer Oskar Merikanto wrote the infamous words “A brisk woman but only just a

woman”. Despite the critique, Moberg continued to gain some success, e.g., with her

cantata “Tyrannens natt” (Night of the Tyrant) for tenor soloist, male choir, and orchestra,

which was an anonymous composition competition but failed to impress after the

composer’s identity was revealed.

In addition to composing, Moberg was an avid pedagogue, who was enthusiastic about the

pedagogical innovations of the early 20th century, especially Rudolf Steiner and his ideas.

Furthermore, Mober became interested in Buddhism and anthroposophy, both of which

would be reflected in her later compositions. Until approximately 1911, Moberg had her

works performed in, e.g., Helsinki and Vyborg, but after the 1st World War, information

becomes scarce and many of her compositions remain to be premiered.

Moberg’s style was harmonically conservative but structurally innovative and is reminiscent of postmodernism in its continuous melody with little recapitulation, especially in her later works.

Moberg’s works were preserved as manuscripts in various institutions, such as Sibelius

Academy (current Aalto University), MusicFinland, and the National Archives of Finland.

The copyright of her works has expired, but the society has been fortunate to get to know

some of her relatives and been able to discuss with them some aspects of her life.

Generally, Moberg’s handwriting was thin and – at the first glance – many works appeared

incomplete. However, closer examination revealed that practically all the compositions

were complete and of high quality, but any performance would be impossible without

engraving and careful layout editing. It was also apparent that Moberg would have

composed at a quick pace, which was reflected in quite a few discrepancies regarding

accidentals and time signature markings, but these were relatively easily resolved based

on the whole handwritten scores. Another problem arose with the lyrics, but we were

honored to get assistance from Swedish-language experts providing us with insights into

the archaic grammar and orthography of Moberg’s texts. The song, cantata and opera

lyrics have been reproduced as Moberg wrote them without modernizing the Swedish

language. Hence, we often wrote “af” instead of “av”, used the archaic form of the second

person plural personal pronoun “I”, left unchanged the plural forms of verbs “vi ärö, vi kalla,

i ären”, etc.

This project would have been impossible without funding and enthusiastic persons who

participated in the process by text editing, performing selected works and encouragement.

The society wishes to express their gratitude to several organizations and persons, as


Svenska Kulturfonden

Kone Foundation

Aalto University Library


Carita Rosenberg-Wolff

Jari Eskola

Fennica Gehrman

Philipp Kröll (Schott Music)

Petri Bäckström

Ann-Christin Högnabba

Johannes Gustavsson

Mirka Malmi

Emilia Hoving

Musicians of the Savo Music Society Orchestra

Singers of Chamber Choir Ancora

Ossi Jauhiainen

Per-Olof Moberg

Please enjoy browsing Moberg’s compositions and don’t hesitate to mail or call us for

further information.

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