Papers from the Grieg Conference in 2007

Papers from the Grieg Conference in Bergen May 31 to June 2, 2007 are published here.
The theme for the Conference was “Beyond Grieg – Edvard Grieg and his Diverse Influences on Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries”.

2 thoughts on “Papers from the Grieg Conference in 2007”

  1. Grieg’s scores are seldom studied in analysis seminars for student composers at American conservatories. This is unfortunate, because his pieces are models of the subtle use of piercing chromatic harmony and the art of spinning elegiac lyrical lines. Grieg was sometimes defensive about his melodic writing, at least when listeners assumed that his tunes were derived from folk song. Though strongly influenced by Norwegian folk music, he maintained that he seldom slavishly copied folk tunes. Instead he fashioned original melodies with a folklike character.

  2. Though major pianists of the past, like Arthur Rubinstein and Walter Gieseking, played and recorded these enchanting works, Mr. Andsnes seems to have the field to himself now. A 1993 Deutsche Grammophon recording of 25 Grieg songs by the fine Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter struck many music lovers as a revelation.

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