Edvard Grieg, the Choral Music

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Ashgate, Jan 1, 1999 - Music - 206 pages
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Edvard Grieg's choral music has remained little known outside Scandinavia. One of the chief aims of this book is to bring this body of work to the notice of a wider audience, in the hope that it may receive greater prominence in concert programmes. Choral pieces form a relatively small proportion of Grieg's total output, although works such as the Album for Male Voices and the Four Psalms represent significant developments in his compositional career. In this study, Beryl Foster not only provides an in-depth examination of this music, but also presents a picture of Norwegian musical life in the second half of the 19th century. An overview of Norway's choral tradition from the Middle Ages provides the historical context from which Grieg came to the genre. Subsequent chapters discuss the types of choral works that he wrote, such as occasional and commemorative pieces, dramatic works and solo arrangements. A set of appendices, including a chronological list of works and a discography complete the survey.

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The Early Works
Commemorative Pieces
Album for Male Voices op 30

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