Complete lyric pieces: for piano

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Dover, 1989 - Music - 211 pages
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Between 1867 and 1901, Edvard Grieg (1843 1907) wrote ten sets of little mood pictures for piano that display his great musical gifts at their lyrical best. Charming works of elegant simplicity and warmth, they have become cornerstones of the piano repertoire, favorites of both amateur and professional musicians and their audiences.
This authoritative edition presents all 66 of these piano jewels in one finely made yet inexpensive volume. Although technically uncomplicated and reasonably easy to master, the Lyric Pieces evoke with startling freshness a wide emotional range, often bringing into play the varied moods and idioms of Norwegian folk music, an evergreen source of Grieg's inspiration. They vary in mood from the serene sadness of "Berceuse" and the nostalgic yearning of "To Spring" to the fanciful "Elves' Dance" and the joyful "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen."
In many passages, the music exhibits harmonies that were novel for the time harmonies recognizably late-romantic in style, but clearly anticipating the impressionism of Debussy, Ravel, and others. Pianists at every level of accomplishment will find this volume of delightful and moving works, reprinted here from the original editions published by C. F. Peters of Leipzig, a perfect companion for hours of musical pleasure.

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About the author (1989)

Edvard Grieg was a Norwegian composer who began his professional life as a pianist. His mother, an amateur pianist, taught Grieg to play the piano and provided him with his first introduction to music. In 1858 Grieg attended the Leipzig Conservatory, where he studied piano with Plaidy and Wenzel and later with Ignaz Moscheles. He studied theory with E. F. Richter, Robert Papperitz, Moritz Hauptmann and Carl Reinecke. For most of his early career, Grieg was immersed in the atmosphere of German romanticism. His early works are infused with lyric moods related to these influences. During the mid-1870s, the Norwegian government granted Grieg an annuity of 1,600 crowns, which enabled him to devote most of his time to composing. Grieg is known as a nationalistic composer, as he often quoted Norwegian folk songs in his works. The Peer Gynt Suite, numerous piano works, and even more vocal-choral compositions remain in the active repertory.

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