Presented at the Grieg Conference in Bergen May 29, 2015
Beryl Foster, Great Britain
Writer, reseracher, singer
Leader of the British Grieg Society
Grieg the Dramatist
“I have become more capable, have acquired more sense of the dramatic.” So wrote Edvard Grieg to Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson from Leipzig on 14 May 1875, in the midst of trying to get Bjørnson to deliver the rest of the libretto for their proposed opera, Olav Trygvason. What did he mean by “dramatic”? I chose the subject for this paper as a way of taking not just an overview of Grieg’s vocal music, much of which will be examined closely during this conference, but also to look at some of the subtleties in his stage works, and in his songs and choral music, for Grieg’s genius for the dramatic is frequently to be found in the detail rather than the general.
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Paper Beryl Foster 2015