Anna Myrberg

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Anna Myrberg (Norberg, May 9, 1878 - Stockholm, April 1, 1931) was a Swedish author and song lyricist.[1]


Anna Myrberg

Much of Myrberg's writing appeared under the pseudonym of Svarta Masken (The Black Mask). After training to be a photoengraver, she found work at a photography studio and a Stockholm newspaper. Her debut as a poet was the 1919 collection Svarta Maskens Dårdikter (The Black Mask’s Idiot Poems). She published several volumes of poetry and humor,[1] including two books about Willy Anderson, a boy from the south side of Stockholm.[2][3] The second of these was filmed as the 1929 movie “Ville Andesons Äventyr” (Willy Anderson’s Adventure). She also contributed articles and poems to the humor magazine Kasper.[1]

Myrberg wrote the lyrics for the well-known songs Lördagsvalsen (The Saturday Waltz) and Livet I Finnskogarna (Life in the Finnish Woods). Her works were recorded in America by Gustav Fonandern, Arvid Franzen, Olle i Gråthult and the Hjalmar Peterson Orchestra.[4] Hjalmar Peterson published her texts in his songbooks.[5] In 1972 the Swedish actor John Harryson recorded an album of old-time Swedish comedy with three songs by Svarta Masken: Bröllopet i Flänga, Lördagsvalsen and Stora fötter.[6]

Selected lyrics[edit]

  • Bröllopet i Flänga
  • Livet i Finnskogarna
  • Lördagsvalsen
  • Turalleri-Turallera



  1. ^ a b c Lena Persson’s foreword in Svarta Maskens Dårdikter: samt humoresker och slagdängor i urval (Stockholm: Prisma, 1984).
  2. ^ Svärjes historia: upptekknad i kårta drag av södergrabben Ville Andeson by Anna Myrberg, (Stockholm: Åhlén & Åkeslund, 1923).
  3. ^ Ville Andeson blir pracktisk by Anna Myrberg, (Stockholm: Bonnier, 1929).
  4. ^ Ethnic music on records: a discography of ethnic recordings produced in the United States, 1893-1942 by Richard K. Spottswood, (University of Illinois Press, 1990) LCCN 89-020526. Volume 5.
  5. ^ Songbook indexes Retrieved: May 13, 2018.
  6. ^ John Harrysson sjunger bondkomikernas visor (Stockholm: Knäppupp, 1972).

External links[edit]

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National Library of Sweden

Linné on line

Kasper humor magazine



Songs by Svarta Masken

Streaming audio