Presented at the Grieg Conference in Copenhagen August 12, 2011
Camilla Hambro, Norway
Åbo Academy, Finland
Edvard Grieg and a Mother’s Grief. Portrait with a lady in no man’s land
“No doubt, my music will be forgotten a hundred years from now. However, I feel that I have not wasted my time in writing music that has delighted millions of people in all enlightened countries […]. I make no pretensions of being in the class with Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Their works are eternal, while I wrote for my day and generation. […] Liszt once said of Thalberg, ‘Son genre es petite, mais il est grande dans son genre.’ That saying could be applied to me as a composer.”
No one could have put it better than Edvard Grieg did himself when he characterized his own oeuvre: He reveals his goals, suggests characteristics and exposes the heart of his production. His wife Nina Grieg performed his songs; over the years they merged more and more into each other as artists and this was an important part of their branding.
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Paper Camilla Hambro 2011