Edvard Grieg in England

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Boydell Press, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 488 pages
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When Edvard Grieg came to give his first concerts in London, he had the world at his feet. As the first composer to transmute the sights and sounds of his own spectacular country into music, he was held to be both prophet and pioneer, and English writers described him as the most popular of all living composers, commenting, when he returned to London the following year, on the 'Grieg fever' that raged in the capital. Between 1862 and 1906 Grieg spent some six months of his life in this country, for most of the time engaged in giving concerts of his own music as conductor, solo pianist and accompanist. Celebrated by his fellow musicians - among them Delius, Parry, Henry Wood and Grainger - Grieg was befriended by royalty, heaped with honours that included doctoral degrees from Cambridge and Oxford, pleaded in high quarters the cause of Norwegian independence, and found new friends who effected a profound change in his religious outlook.This book explores the impact he had on England as well as examining what the country meant to him, showing how England had a far greater influence on Grieg's life and career than has hitherto been recorded. It also offers an array of fascinating insights into the musical life and milieu of the time. LIONEL CARLEY is honorary archivist of the Delius Trust and respected author of many books about Delius.
 

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Contents

The Leipzig Student and Some English Contemporaries
8
Wieniawski has urged me to go to London
22
It is my intention to visit England
34
A Hearty Welcome to These Shores to Edvard Grieg
73
The Birmingham Musical Festival
103
A Musical Lion in London and Manchester
130
The Man on the Clapham Omnibus
152
The Grieg fever is still raging
170
The Queen is sweef
278
Finish Hurrah
292
All these people so much want to see you over here
301
My health says no and that must after all take precedence
322
How grateful I am that you remembered my 6Oth birthday
336
Grieg is to pay us a visit
355
These London days amongst my most happy memories
386
We shall have piano rehearsals for Leeds at Troldhaugen
406

Interlude
192
Staying in Touch with England 191
213
Your music is so universal a favourite in England
230
One who has exhausted the joys of fame and being adored
247
A First and Last Appearance in Scotland
271
The trip to England seems to me more than doubtful
419
Notes
435
Bibliography
455
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