Edvard Grieg, the Choral Music
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
Album for Male Voices op 30
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Album alto baritone baritone solo baritone soloist bars bass line Behrens Behrens's Beyer Bjornson cantata century choral music Choral Society chord chorus Christiania Theatre chromatic church composer conductor Copenhagen Danish Denmark Edvard Grieg Finn Benestad flat major folk-song German Grieg wrote Grieg's music Grieg's setting Halfdan Kjerulf Hals harmony Hennum hymn Ibsen Iver Holter Johan Johan Halvorsen Kjerulf Landkjenning later Leipzig Letter from Copenhagen Letter from Troldhaugen Lindeman Lofthus male male-voice choir manuscript Max Abraham melody minor mixed choir Norsk Norway Norway's Norwegian Students Olav Trygvason Ole Bull opera orchestra original Peer Gynt performed phrase piano piano accompaniment piece poem Psalms published quartet rhythm Rolfsen Rontgen Sangen har lysning sangerfest Sangerhilsen scene scored second bass Sigurd Jorsalfar singers singing solo songs soprano stanza strings strophe strophically sung Sweden tenor tion tonic pedal translation Troldhaugen Trondheim unison verse voices Welhaven words writing written