Presented at the Grieg Conference in Bergen May 30, 2015
Sharon Bjørndal Lavery, USA
Doctor of Musical Arts, The Juilliard School
A Foreign Affair: The Marriage of Music and Poetry in Grieg’s Haugtussa, Op. 67
For the non-native speaker, mastery and confident execution of the Norwegian language can seem a daunting task. This presentation will highlight portions of Grieg’s Haugtussa in regard to text painting, efficient pronunciation, and recommendations on how to bring to life the immortal character. The recommendations and considerations presented in this paper barely scratch the surface of the care that is warranted in this dramatic cycle. However, perhaps the few tweaks suggested will awaken a sense of the nuance possible with clever diction and articulation, both vocal and pianistic.
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Paper Sharon Bjorndal Lavery 2015