Vilhelm Krag

Vilhelm Krag (24 December 1871 – 10 July 1933) was a Norwegian poet, author, journalist and cultural personality. Known for coining the term Sørlandet to describe a region of Norway, he was the son of Peter Rasmus Krag and younger brother of the novelist Thomas Krag.[1]

Portrait of Vilhelm Krag

His first volume of poetry, which came out in 1891, included many of his best-known poems: "Fandango",[2] "Der skreg en fugl" (A bird cried), "Liden Kirsten" (Little Kirsten),[3] "Majnat" (May night), "Mens jeg venter" (While I'm waiting), "Moderen synger" (The mother sings) and "Og jeg vil ha mig en hjertenskjær" (And I will have me a sweetheart).[4]

Edvard Grieg set Krag's lyrics to music in his Opus 60, published in 1894.[5] In the early 20th century works by Krag were recorded in America by Florence Bodinoff, George Hamlin, Nathalie Hansen,[6] Eleonora Olson,[7] Ernestine Schumann-Heink, Aalrud Tillisch,[8] and Carsten Woll.[9]

Cultural offices
Preceded by
Director of the National Theatre
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Norwegian writers 1500 to 1900 (Dictionary of literary biography v. 354) by Lanae H. Isaacson, (Detroit: Gale Cengage Learning, 2010) pp. 175-187.
  2. ^ Fandango: streaming audio Retrieved: 9 September 2014.
  3. ^ Liden Kirsten: streaming audio Retrieved: 9 September 2014.
  4. ^ Digte, by Vilhelm Krag, (Bergen: John Griegs Forlag, 1891).
  5. ^ Digte af Vilhelm Krag: for en mellemstemme med piano: op. 60 by Edvard Grieg, (Copenhagen: Hansen, 1894).
  6. ^ Liden Kirsten Retrieved: 11 September 2014.
  7. ^ O, Herre: streaming audio Retrieved: 9 September 2014.
  8. ^ Der skreg en fugl: streaming audio Retrieved: 9 September 2014.
  9. ^ Vilhelm Krag (author) Retrieved: 9 September 2014.

External linksEdit

Articles in Norwegian

Poetry Collections

Vilhelm Krag at the National Jukebox

Vilhelm Krag at the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project

Art song