Jorgensen Music

Cormontan Compositions

 

Music Composed by Theodora Cormontan (1840-1922)

 

The table below provides a list of the compositions by Theodora Cormontan uncovered by Michael and Bonnie Jorgensen in 2011.  In May of 2015 virtually all of the scores were donated to the National Library of Norway.  The Library has scanned the scores and placed them online.  To view the scans, go to the Library website and search for "Theodora Cormontan."  Then look for the term "Musikkmanusripter" under "Kategori."

The list of compositions below is organized in alphabetical order by title.  Other information in the table includes:

 

C#:  The Cormontan number.  She wrote a three digit number on about three-fourths of the music she composed.  This is probably some kind of cataloging number.  Theodora likely used a similar system for the music rental service she owned and operated in Arendal, Norway in the 1870's-1880's. A consistent correlation exists in compositions where Cormontan indicated both a C# and a date of composition.  This enables us to estimate the composition date of the approximately 75% of her compositions that include a C#.

Year: The year indicates the year the composition was written (when known). 

Title: The title of her compositions in alphabetical order.  Some titles are also translated into English.

Notes: Additional information on the piece

Opus #: Many of the compositions to which Theodora assigned opus numbers are compositions that were published, though there are numerous exceptions.  It appears that opus numbers through the 40's were published in Europe and opus numbers in the 50's and beyond were published in the United States.

Instrument: The instrument or instruments for which the piece was composed.  Most are for piano solo.  There are also some piano/vocal pieces and a few compositions for organ.

The last two columns in the table indicate whether the piece is a published score or in manuscript and unpublished.  When published, the publisher is noted in the last column on the right.

Titles in Yellow: Michael and Bonnie have kept most of these manuscripts.  Two of the pieces were donated to the KUBEN museum in Cormontan's hometown of Arendal, Norway.

 

C #

Year

Title

Notes

Opus

Instrument

Published Or Manuscript

Publisher

C 837

 

Adelia Polkette

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

July

1897

Aftendemrung

- Written in pencil

- backside: “Naar Solen gaar ned”

 

Voice

(melody only)

M

 

 

1/6

1894

Aftensalme

- text by Samuel Olsen Bruun

- backside:” Norwegian Hymn”

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

 

 

Among Norwegian Mountains

[Two Musicpieces]

- same piece as “Among the Mountains”

Op 3, No. 2

Piano

M

 

 

 

Among the Mountains

[Two Characteristic Pieces]

- to Mrs. Agathe Grondahl Backer

Op 13, No 2

Piano

M

 

 

 

Andante for Organ

 

 

Organ

M

 

C 620

 

Bagatelle in D major

 

Op 129

Piano

M

 

 

2/3

1876

Bølgen [The Wave]

- text by Vilhelm Bergsøe

- backside: “ Ved Rokken”

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

C 434

 

Brownie playing in moonlight, The

[Nissen spiller i Maaneskin]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

1882

By, By for Liden [Hush, hush for the little one]

- text by Alvide Prydz

- final measure is on the bottom of “Eg Veit ei lite gente”

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

C 813

 

By the Chimney

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 808

 

By the Sea

 

 

Piano

M

 

C630

 

Chanson de Bergerette

[Song of the Shepherdess]

 

Op 125

Piano

M

 

C 899

 

Chanson sans paroles  [Song Without Words]

 

Op 70, No 2

Piano

M

 

 

 

Citizens March

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 873

 

Dagny  [Polka Caprice]

 

Op 128

Piano

M

 

 

 

Dance Idylle

 

Op 116

Piano

M

 

 

 

Dance of the Flower Girls

- complete score

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

Dance of the Flower Girls

- incomplete score

 

Piano

M

 

C 436

 

Dancing Girl, The  [Morceau de Salon]

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 445

1891

Dancing Girl, The [No. 1—Musical Moments]

- Composed in St. Paul, MN

 

Piano

M

 

 

1906

Danse de la Duchesse

- there are three copies of this piece

- Jorgensens kept one copy.  The other was donated to the KUBEN museum in Arendal, Norway

Op 59

Piano

P

Unknown

C 648

 

Danse Rustique Norvegienne

 

Op 76

Piano

M

 

C 800

 

Dream of Life

 

Op 124

Piano

M

 

C 892

 

Dreaming by the Hearth [Valse Impromptu]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

Dream, The [Waltz Caprice]

 

Op 56

 

P

Thompson Music Co., Chicago

 

 

Dulgt Kjaerlighed [Hidden Love]

-  text by Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

 

 

6/261882

Eg veit ei lite gente [I know a little girl]

- text by Jørgen Moe

- backside of “Ungbirken”

- final measure of “By By for Liden” is on this page

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

C 369

1889

En Damrungslund [In Damrungs Grove]

- backside “Vinterbilede” incomplete

- text by Alberta Eltzholtz

 

Organ/Voice

M

 

C 443

 

Evening Sentiments, The

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 436

 

Fantasia Impromptu

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 400

 

Fantasia over Serenade de L. Gregh

“Parais `a la fenêtre”

 

Op 50

Piano

M

 

erased

 

Fantasia Transcription

[over one favorite melody by Halfdan Kjerulf]

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 836

 

Fantaisie norwégienne

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 424

 

Fest Marsch

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 521

 

Fest-Praeludium

[I Anledning Gustaf Adolph Festen]

- backside  Praeludium til Salmen

   “O tank naar engang”

 

Organ or Piano

M

 

 

 

Fjeldjom Mountainsong

[Sang uden Ord—Song Without Words]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

Fleur de Printemps  [Valsette]

 

Op 125

Piano

M

 

C 748

 

Fleur Printanière [Spring Flower – Valsette]

 

Op 83

Piano

M

 

C 809

 

Floweret [Romance without Words in A Major]

 

Op 133

Piano

M

 

 

 

Fraars-Laengsel  [Longing for Spring]

- incomplete score

- backside “In a Rush”

 

Piano

M

 

 


 

 


C 649

 

From the Mountains of Norway

[Fantasies over Norwegian Folk Melodies]

No 1 - Old Folk Song

- No. 2 is called “Wedding March”.

We do have a score with that title but it does not indicate it is part of this set of songs, and it’s “C” number is not sequential with these.

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 650

 

From the Mountains of Norway

[Fantasies over Norwegian Folk Melodies]

No 3 - Norwegian Folktunes

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 889

 

From the Old Time

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 317

 

Galop brillante de Concert

 

Op 20 (?)

Piano

M

 

 

C 819

 

Galop Caprice over Norwegian Folksong

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 403

 

Galop Fantasia over Norwegian Folksong

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 817

 

Golden Sunbeams

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 816

 

Graceful Lady, The

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 883

 

Happy Thoughts [Valse Caprice]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

 

Her vil ties, Her vil bies [Here will be silent - Fantasie-Transcription]

- text by H. A. Brorson

- there is no text written in this score

Op 38

Piano

M

 

 

 

1885

Honor March

-  this piece was published by Cormontan from her own publishing company in Arendal in 1885—Kari Michelsen

- this is a manuscript, however

Op 44

Piano

M

 

 

C 509

 

Hör, hvor de lokke, de klinge [Listen, how they lure, how they resound: vals-arie for tenor and soprano]

-  Text by Sylvius--"Sylvius" is the pen name of Hans Jorgen Synnestvedt (1842-1863)

 

Piano/Vocal Duet

M

 

 

C 410

 

Humoreske - G minor

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 849

 

I am glad, are You? [Galop de Salon]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

 

I Skumringen [In Twilight]

 

Op 134

Piano/Voice

M

 

 

C 824

1908

I Think of You [Valse Serenade]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

 

Idag skal alting sjunge

[Today everything will sing]

 

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

 

 

 

Idylle Norvegienne

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 682

 

Impromptu (in G major)

 

Op 135

Piano

M

 

 

C 673

 

Impromptu a la Valse

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

 

Impromptu for Pianoforte

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 744

1904

In a Rush

- backside  “Fraars-Longsel” incomplete

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 882

 

In Maytime [Intermezzo]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 910

 

In the Daylight [Moment musicale]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

 

In the Springtime [Piece characteristic]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

 

In the Twilight [Nocturne]

-  To Mrs. P. M. Skartvedt; Remembrance of the Wedding-day

- version of C 910 “In the Daylight”

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 804

 

Iris [Waltz in G minor]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 912

 

Joyful Day in the Summer, A

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 833

 

Joys of Summertime

- incomplete score

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

1905

Jubilee Rhineländer, A

 

Op 58

Piano

P

Pioneer Publishing Co.

Chicago

 

C 820

 

King Eric and the Guardsmen

[Paraphrase over Swedish Romance]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

1885

Koerlighed et Livets Kilde

[Love is the Source of Life]

-  Published by Cormontan—Michelsen

Op 42

Piano

P

Printed in Liepzig?

 

 

1900

L’Elegance

-  also published by Cormontan in 1885 as “La Eleganza, Menuet”—Michelsen

Op 10

Piano

P

Hatch Music Co. Philadelphia

 

C 908

 

L’Etoile du Soir [Valse mélodique]

- incomplete score

Op 101

Piano

M

 

 

 

 

Little Song, A

- backside “Wedding March”

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 901

 

Lonely Day, A

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 784

 

Longing for the Spring [Valse de Salon]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 401

 

Longing from the Sea

[ Paraphrase over Swedish Romance]

- same piece as below (C 821)

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 821

 

Longing from the Sea [Paraphrase over]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 884

 

Lovely Tharith [at end of piece: “Elskelige tanker”—Loving thoughts]

-  Originally titled “Lovely Eyes”

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 818

1907

Lullaby

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 803

 

Lydia [Polkette]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 417

 

March

-  Originally titled “Turkish March”

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 472

3/271893

Marshe religiosa

- Originally titled “Offertoire Marche”

- Composed in Franklin, MN

 

Piano or Organ

M

 

 

C 655

 

Mazurka 2’ème

[Second Mazurka]

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 688

 

Menuet melodique

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 907

 

Moment Musicale

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 835

 

Moment Musicale in A flat major [Caprice]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 807

 

Moonlight Polka

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 777

 

Morceau à la Polska [From the North]

 

Op 121

Piano

M

 

 

C 913

 

Morceau de Salon in G major

 

Op 79

Piano

M

 

 

C 691

 

Morceau Rustique

- incomplete score

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 846

 

Mountain Dance [Halling]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 623

 

Music Piece in Norwegian Folktune [Fantasia]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 625

 

My Home [Moment Musical]

 

Op 74

Piano

M

 

 

 

6/6

1885

Naar mit Øie, trat af Moie

[Fantasie Transcription]

-  Tune by Ludvig Mathias Lindeman

Op 31 No 1

Piano/Voice

M

 

 

 

1896

Naar Solen gaar ned [When the Sun Goes Down]

- text by R Hammer

-backside “Aftenstemning” July 1897.  Text by Jorgen Moe

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

 

C 753

 

Ninetta Polkette

- incomplete score

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

 

Ninetta Polkette

 

Op 61

Piano

M

 

 

 

1/16

1886

Norske Turneres National-Festmarsch

- published by Cormontan in 1885

Op 46

Piano

M

 

 

C 692

 

Norwegian Dance Tune

- originally titled “Norwegian Mountain Dance”

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 692

 

Norwegian Dancetune (Halling).  This score was donated to the KUBEN museum in Arendal, Norway

- similar to the other C 692

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 721

1901

Norwegian Hymn

- backside:  Aftensalme

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

 

O, havde jeg Fuglen sin Vinge [Oh, to have the bird’s wings]

- text by Johan Selnes

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

 

 

 

O, Hjertens Ve! [Oh, the way of the heart]

(Fantasi Transcription in F minor)

-  Hymn tune: O Traurigkeit.  Text: Johan von Rist (1637)

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 915

 

One Day in the Spring [Galop de Salon]

- incomplete score

-  Originally titled “Spring is Always Joyful!”

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

3/3

1883

Paa Saeteren[Fjeldljom] [Summer mountain pasture/cabin]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 870

 

Peony Rose, The  [Intermezzo]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 541

 

Piece Fantasia

[Morceau fantastique—Fantasistück]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 605

 

Poéme Lyrique

[Lyrical Poem—Tonstück]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

 

Polish Caprice

- incomplete score

 

Piano

M

 

 

C 736

1904

Polish Lady, The [Piece a la Mazurka

- originally titled “The Polish Countess”

Op 126

Piano

M

 

 

 

1895

Polka Fantasia over Swedish Song

 

Op 54

Piano

P

Thompson Music Co. Chicago

 

C 657

 

Polka mélodique

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

 

Praeludium til Salmen “O tank naar engang”

[O Happy Day When We Shall Stand]

(Text by Wilhelm A. Wexels)

- Tune: “Lobt Gott Ihr Christen”   

    Nikolaus Herman

- backside “Fest-Praeludium”

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

 

C 879

 

Remembrance

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 811

 

Sad Memory

 

Op 132 No2

Piano

M

 

C 622

 

Second Bagatelle [F minor]

 

Op 130

Piano

M

 

C 885

 

Second Impromptu in G major

 

Op 136

Piano

M

 

C 414

 

Second Waltz Caprice over Norwegian Folksong

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 611

 

Shepherd’s Playing, The [Idyl]

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 823

 

Shepherds Playing, The

[Norwegian Musicpiece]

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 827

1908

Solitude

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 828

1908

Song without Words

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 613

1897

Spanish Dance

[Spanische Tänze and Danse Espagnole]

- incomplete score

 

Piano

M

 

C 654

 

Spanish Dance

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 607

1897

Spanish Dance

- incomplete score

- same piece as C 613

 

Piano

M

 

C 442

March

1891

Spanish Danse (Caprice)

- composed in St. Paul, MN

Op 97

Piano

M

 

C 647

 

Spanish Gipsy Dancer

[Piece characteristic]

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 418

 

Spring, The [Valse Brillante]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

Summer Day

- one of two slightly revised works

 

Piano

M

 

C 868

 

Summer Day

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 675

 

Summer’s Greeting [Caprice]

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 748

 

Sweet Memory [Waltz]

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 699

 

Sweet Remembrance

 

 

Piano

M

 

C 845

 

Tonepiece in norwegian Folktune [sic]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

Twilight Thoughts [a Redorva – Salonpiece]

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

Under the Lindens [Intermezzo]

- also titled “Under the Limetrees”

Op 16

Piano

M

 

 

 

Ungbirken [Young Birch]

- backside “Eg Veit ei lite gente”

- text by Jørgen Moe

- published (in the U.S.) in the “Frydetoner” hymnbook

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

 

 

Untitled # 2 [title worn away] (incomplete)

(allegro)

 

Op 41(?)

Piano

M

 

 

 

Untitled #1 [title worn away] (incomplete)

(Tempo di Polacca)

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

Untitled #3 [title worn away] (menuet)

(Andante e tranquillo)

 

 

Piano

M

 

1880

 

Untitled #4 [title worn away]

 

Op 40

Piano

M

 

 

 

Untitled #5 (incomplete)

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

 

Untitled #6 (incomplete)

(German text)

 

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

C 450

 

Valse a l’etude

- backside “ Vi tro og troste paa en Gud”

Op 25

Piano

M

 

C 271

1884

Valse brillante

 

Op 33

Piano

M

 

C 316

 

Valse brillante (A major)

 

Op 57

Piano

M

 

C 685

 

Valse brillante (E major)

 

Op 140

Piano

M

 

C 801

 

Valse brillante in F major

-  also titled “Lucy”

 

Piano

M

 

C 616

 

Valse de Ballet

 

Op 75

Piano

M

 

C 423

 

Valse de Salon

- incomplete score

 

Piano

M

 

C 815

 

Valse G major

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

1/25

1876

Ved Rokken. Text by Joh. Holm Hansen

- backside “Bølgen”

-text by Joh. Holm Hansen

- was published as No. 3 in Op 4 of “Tre Sange” by Warmuth Publishing

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

 

 

Vi tro og troste paa en Gud

[We believe and are comforted by God]

- text author: Magnus Brostrup Landstad (1802-1880)

- backside “Valse a l’etude”

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

C 370

1889

Vinterbillede [Winter Scene]

- incomplete score

- text author unknown

- backside “En Damrungslund”

 

Piano/Voice

M

 

 

 

Waltz Capricious

- incomplete score

 

Piano

M

 

C 409

 

Waltz elegant

 

Op 36

Piano

M

 

C 402

 

Waltz Fantasia over a Swedish Song

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

1895

Waltz Gracious

- There are two copies of this piece

- Jorgensens are keeping one copy

Op 53

Piano

P

Johnson and Lundquist, Minneapolis

C 346

1888

Waltz Impromptu

-draft copy in pencil

 

Piano

M

 

C 722

 

Wedding March

- backside “A Little Song”

 

Piano

M

 

C 869

 

Winter Rose, The

 

 

Piano

M

 

 

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