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.

    1. Thank you for your interesting comment. According to Grieg himself, his famous composition “Solveig’s Song” from Peer Gynt, is one of the few direct inspirations from a folk song among his compositions. However, he made some opuses with arrangements of Norwegian folk songs, such as 25 Norwegian Folk Songs and Dances, Op. 17 and 19 Norwegian Folk-Songs, Op. 66.

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