Grieg, Edvard (1843 - 1907)
MAGATAGAN, MICHAEL (1960 - )
|Added by magataganm, 26 Jun 2020
Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843 – 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. His use and development of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions brought the music of Norway to international consciousness, as well as helping to develop a national identity, much as Jean Sibelius did in Finland and Bedřich Smetana did in Bohemia. From his extensive body of works for piano, history has, of course, singled out the Concerto in A minor for special treatment, but there are a number of other musical gems hidden among the ranks. Many of the Lyric Pieces (ten books, in all) are quite becoming, and the four Album Leaves have earned a special place in the hearts of a handful of pianists; but it is the striking Ballade in G minor, Op. 24, in which the brightest and best of his pianistic sentiments find expression.
The young Grieg was on his way to Italy with his friend Rikard Nordraak in 1865 when Nordraak fell ill and remained behind in Berlin. The following spring, Grieg learned that his friend had died of consumption, and immediately began writing this memorial march as a way of working through his grief and perhaps atoning for leaving Nordraak behind. Grieg wrote this march for piano, later scoring it for wind band and requesting that it be played at his own funeral. But upon Grieg's death no band was available, so Johan Halvorsen quickly scored it for full orchestra.
The work begins softly, at a measured pace, but soon rises in pitch and loudness to a state of both anguish and defiance; the music here resembles a portion of Berlioz's Symphonie funèbre et triomphale. The march music dies away and is replaced by a gentle, more folk-like tune. The opening material creates a loud, stern disruption, then falls away into a softer lament. This leads back to the gloomy, mysterious opening of the piece, and in fact a restatement of everything up to the little folk tune, which is now replaced by a slow, fading recessional.
Source: AllMusic (https://www.allmusic.com/composition/s%C3%B8rgemarsj-o ver-rikard-nordraak-funeral-march-in-memory-of-rikard-n ordraak-for-piano-or-winds-in-a-minor-eg-107-mc00023593 78).
Although originally composed for Piano, I created this interpretation of the Funeral March in A Minor (EG 107) for Winds (Flute, Oboe & Bassoon) & Strings (2 Violins, Viola, Cello & Bass).
|Sheet central :
|Marche funèbre en mémoire de Rikard Nordraak (3 sheet music)