Presented at the Grieg Conference in Bergen May 26, 2000
Beryl Foster, Great Britain
Freelance singer and lecturer
Leader of the British Grieg Society Great Britain
From Bjørnson to Brorson:
Some of the texts behind Grieg’s choral songs.
In Grieg’s solo songs, the quality of the texts plays a large part in the success of the musical settings and although this dependence is not so critical in the choral songs, the texts certainly cannot be dismissed. Of course, in the various commissioned works Grieg did not always have the choice of text and, consequently, some of those settings are functional rather than inspired.
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Beryl Foster paper 2000