General Assembly Meeting 2021

General Assembly Meeting for The International Edvard Grieg Society will be held on Zoom Sunday 18 April 2021, 15.00-17.00

AGENDA

  1. Opening of the meeting
  2. Registration of the delegates
  3. Election of two representatives to sign the Minutes
  4. Annual reports 2019 and 2020
  5. Treasurer’s reports 2019 and 2020
  6. Reports from the Grieg Societies
  7. Strategy for the Society and choice of venue for the next meeting.
  8. Election
    a)    Election of Executive Committee and its Chair
    b)    Election of Election Committee
    c)    Election of Auditor
    d)    Election of President of the Council Assembly
    e)    Election of Deputy to the President
  9. Miscellaneous

Proposal from the Election Committee for Executive Committee will be available at the meeting. Summons with attachments are sendt by e-mail to all Council Assembly members.


WELCOME TO THE MEETING!

Bergen, 26 March 2021
              

With friendly greetings,
Siebert Nix
President of IGS

Monica Jangaard
Secretary of IGS

Hella Brock has died

On Monday November 29th in the night of Monday to Tuesday, the former professor the musicologist, publicist, and great Grieg connoisseur Hella Brock died at the age of 101!

At first Hella Brock was best known to me for her much acclaimed German-language biography of Edvard Grieg from 1990. Later I met her at the international Grieg conferences in Bergen, Norway and during the German Grieg conferences in Münster and in Leipzig. Her erudition in the field of music science and also her knowledge and involvement in music pedagogy always awed me. Nevertheless, she was always very approachable and was always interested in a good conversation about musical matters of all kinds, not least about matters concerning the life and work of the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

In her education she has long taught at colleges and Universities, her warm interest in musical education spoke in all its facets. She published important textbooks on music pedagogy. She collaborated with Norwegian Prof. Finn Benestad in the publication of Grieg’s correspondence with his music publisher C.F. Peters in Leipzig. Hella Brock organized Grieg conferences in Leipzig and founded ‘her’ Edvard Grieg – Gedenk und Begegnungsstätte in Leipzig, which has now become a spiritual and cultural centre for study, concerts, and gatherings.

With her death, we lose a ‘Grande Dame’ with a great spirit of knowledge in the field of music science and in particular in the field of the life and work of Edvard Grieg through her great contributions to the Grieg research! We wish her family a lot of strength!

Siebert Nix – President International Grieg Society

New President in The International Edvard Grieg Society

Siebert Nix (The Netherlands) was elected new president of The International Edvard Grieg Society at the General Assembly Meeting in Bergen on 27 October 2019.

Wojciech Stępień (Poland) was elected vice president at the same meeting.

A new Executive Committee was also elected:
Einar Røttingen (Chair)                     
Signe Bakke                                            
Arnulf Mattes                                        
Njål Sparbo                                      
Monica Jangaard (Troldhaugen)        


Deputies to the Executive Committee:
Martha Berit Belt
Knut Christian Jansson
Gregory Martin (USA)
Liubov Syniak (Ukraine)
Christoph Siems, Germany

Grieg Now! International Conference and Workshop in Bergen, Norway, 24 – 27 October 2019

The International Edvard Grieg Society, Grieg Academy/Centre for Grieg Research University of Bergen and Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen invite scholars and performers to the event “Grieg Now!” International Conference and Workshop in Bergen, Norway, 24 – 27 October 2019.

With Edvard Grieg as a starting point, the international conference and workshop “Grieg Now!” aims to bring performers and researchers together and provide an opportunity for sharing knowledge, experiences and reflections on his music and influences on music and culture in our times.  The event will include the following areas: Musicology (key note speakers, paper presentations), Artistic Research (lecture demonstrations) and Performance (workshops, Master classes and concerts) and will combine academic lectures, practical demonstrations, master classes, individual teaching sessions, discussion forums, and performances.

Invited guests will include:
Oslo String Quartet
Daniel Grimley, Oxford University
Other key note speakers to be announced on this website.

Participating staff from the Grieg Academy and Centre for Grieg Research:
Ricardo Odriozola (violin), Signe Bakke (piano), Torleif Torgersen (piano), Einar Røttingen (piano), John Ehde (cello), Hilde H. Sveen (voice), Njål Sparbo (voice) and Arnulf Mattes (musicology).

Research seminar
Scholars on all areas of music research are invited to contribute with individual papers or co-presentations on the following topics, exploring the variety of present understandings of Grieg’s musical and cultural significance:

  1. Grieg in current artistic practice, new ways of performing and interpreting Grieg’s works, artistic research projects, re-composition.
  2. Grieg in contemporary concert life, performative aspects of Grieg’s music, new forms of staging and narrating Grieg, music education projects.
  3. Grieg in popular culture, adaptations of Grieg’s music in popular music and film music, social media, streaming.
  4. Grieg in current music theory, analytical reassessments of his works, compositional intertextuality, history of effect
  5. Grieg and historical performance studies, analysis of historical recordings.
  6. Grieg and cultural heritage projects, new editions, digital library.

Performance workshop
The performance workshops will be open to a limited number of active participants. Individuals or groups may apply within these instrumental categories: solo piano, violin & piano, cello & piano, piano trio, string quartet, voice & piano. The workshops will cover the following repertoire:

Pianists
Repertoire: Any pieces or works by Edvard Grieg. In addition, all pianists must play at least one piano piece or movement of a piano work by one 20th Century or contemporary Norwegian composer. To receive a list of suggested repertoire, contact einar.rottingen@uib.no. If you are a pianist who wants to play with a partner (singer or string player(s) in the workshop, ask for this in your application and we will try to fulfill your request.

Voice
Repertoire: Any of Edvard Grieg’s songs (available in all transpositions). In addition, all singers must include at least one song by a 20th Century or contemporary Norwegian composer. To receive a list of suggested repertoire, contact einar.rottingen@uib.no. If you are a singer who wants to collaborate with a pianist or other instrumentalists in the workshop, ask for this in your application and we will try to fulfill your request.

Strings
Repertoire: Any chamber work or movement by Edvard Grieg (violin/cello sonatas, trio, string quartet). In addition, all string players must play at least one piece or movement of a work by a 20th Century or contemporary Norwegian composer. To receive a list of suggested repertoire, contact einar.rottingen@uib.no. If you are a string player who wants to play with a partner (duo w/pianist) or be part of an ensemble (trio, quartet) in the workshop, ask for this in your application and we will try to fulfill your request.

The final concerts will include the active participants and will take place at the Edvard Grieg Museum’s concert venues Troldsalen Chamber Music Hall and Grieg’s villa at Troldhaugen.

Application procedures:

  1. Active applicant in workshop: Please send name, instrument, country, e-mail address and background information (studies, professional activity), and repertoire you wish to study. Additionally, include an electronic submission of a digital recording (min. 5 minutes) of a music piece of your choice (MP3, YouTube, etc.). Applications should be sent to rottingen@uib.no and will be processed and answered as they come in until 1 June 2019. After this date, you may still apply and be accepted if there is space.
  2. Submission of individual papers or co-presentations: Please send your abstract by 1 May 2019 to mattes@uib.no. Proposals will be assessed by 1 June 2019.
  3. Observing participants: Please send name, country, e-mail address, and background information (studies, professional activities) to einar.rottingen@uib.no.

All applicants must pay for their own travel and accommodation. A financial contribution to students in need of support will be considered if the funding for the conference allows it. More information about this will be sent to the applicants when the financial status is clear. Seminar/workshop and teaching sessions are free for all participants. Most meals (lunch/supper) will be covered. All inquiries should be sent to: einar.rottingen@uib.no.

Call for papers 2019

Grieg Now!

International Conference and Workshop in Bergen, Norway
24 – 27 October 2019

The International Edvard Grieg Society, Grieg Academy/Centre for Grieg Research University of Bergen and Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen invite scholars and performers to the event “Grieg Now!” International Conference and Workshop in Bergen, Norway, 24 – 27 October 2019, see the link:
https://www.uib.no/griegforskning/129210/grieg-now-igs-international-conference-and-workshop-2019

See also updated schedule for the Conference and Workshop:
https://www.uib.no/sites/w3.uib.no/files/attachments/grieg_now_2019_schedule_09_10_1.pdf

Monumentally Grieg!

The Grieg Society of Scotland has released a short documentary film and an online 3D model – in support of its physical heritage project Monumentally Grieg! to rescue the gravestone of Edvard Grieg’s Scottish ancestors at Rathen Old Kirkyard, Aberdeenshire:
Watch our 10-minute Monumentally Grieg! film: https://youtu.be/nLqQxOTqSzg

Explore our interactive Monumentally Grieg! 3D model (with sound): https://skfb.ly/6IyL8

For your interest, our press release (made to the Scottish press, text below), can also be also found here: https://griegsocietyscotland.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Press-release-Monumentally-Grieg-16-Apr-2019.pdf