Grieg

Edvard Grieg

(1843-1907)

Edvard Grieg

Grieg, like Chopin, composed mostly short piano pieces.  And, like Chopin, he was in poor health most of his life.  His most famous music, however, is probably his incidental music to Peer Gynt, a play by Ibsen.  This made Grieg a national figure and gave him worldwide fame.  He also wrote a large number of songs, since he was married to a very fine soprano.  His lyric pieces are a direct extension of the style of Chopin.  One nice quality of the lyric pieces is that he gave them all names, not just numbers.  This often helps in the interpretation.  Although most of the lyric pieces were written in the 19th century, they often foreshadow the beautiful jazz harmonies of 20th century American piano music.

 

  • Op. 12 No. 1 
    Arietta in Eb
  • Op. 12 No. 2 
    Waltz in Am
  • Op. 12 No. 3 
    Watchman’s Song in E
  • Op. 12 No. 4 
    Fairy Dance in Em
  • Op. 12 No. 5 
    Folk Song in F#m
  • Op. 12 No. 6 
    Norwegian Melody in D
  • Op. 12 No. 7 
    Album Leaf in Em
  • Op. 12 No. 8 
    National Song in Eb
  • Op. 38 No. 1 
    Berceuse in G
  • Op. 38 No. 2 
    Folk Song in Em
  • Op. 38 No. 3 
    Melody in C
  • Op. 38 No. 4 
    Norwegian Dance in Gm
  • Op. 38 No. 5 
    Spring Dance in G
  • Op. 38 No. 6 
    Elegy in Am
  • Op. 38 No. 7 
    Waltz in Em
  • Op. 38 No. 8 
    Canon in Bbm
  • Op. 48 No. 1 
    The Butterfly in A
  • Op. 48 No. 2 
    The Wanderer in Bm
  • Op. 48 No. 3 
    My Native Country in F#
  • Op. 48 No. 4 
    Little Bird in Dm
  • Op. 48 No. 5 
    Love Song in F
  • Op. 48 No. 6 
    Spring in F#
  • Op. 54 No. 3 
    March of the Dwarves in Dm
  • Op. 54 No. 4 
    Nocturne in C
  • Op. 65 No. 1 
    In Olden Days in Dm
  • Op. 68 No. 1 
    Sailor’s Song in C
  • Op. 71 No. 2 
    Puck in Ebm
  • Op. 71 No. 6 
    Remembrance in Eb