Presented at the Grieg Conference in Bergen May 26, 2000
Axel Bruch, Germany
Dr., Manager, Deutsch-Skandinavische Jugend-Philharmonie, Berlin
Variation Form and Cyclic Conception
Grieg‘s Ballad op. 24.
About this important piano-work there has been written a lot. However, this ballad follows two different traditions of genre since it is conceived in variation form. An analytical work with Grieg’s ballad requires an understanding of it’s formal process. Only by an analysis of the theme the framework of the variations can be shown – a framework which hasn’t been seen before because of national implications which are caused of the tradition of the genre ballad.