Beryl Foster-The Songs of Edvard Grieg (2007) - The Songs of Edvard Grieg The Songs of Edvard Grieg Beryl Foster The Boydell Press Beryl Foster 1990

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The Songs of Edvard Grieg
The Boydell Press T he S ongs of E dvard G rieg Beryl Foster
© Beryl Foster 1990, 2007 All rights reserved . Except as permitted under current legislation no part of this work may be photocopied, stored in a retrieval system, published, performed in public, adapted, broadcast, transmitted, recorded or reproduced in any form or by any means, without the prior permission of the copyright owner The right of Beryl Foster to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted in accordance with sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents act 1988 First published 1990 Scolar Press, Aldershot Paperback Edition published 2007 The Boydell Press, Woodbridge isbn 978-1-84383-343-7 The Boydell Press is an imprint of Boydell & Brewer Ltd PO Box 9, Woodbridge, Suffolk ip12 3df, UK and of Boydell & Brewer Inc. 668 Mt Hope Avenue, Rochester, ny 14620, USA website: A CIP record for this book is available from the British Library This publication is printed on acid-free paper Designed and typeset in Adobe Minion Pro and Rudelsberg by David Roberts, Pershore, Worcestershire Music origination by Jeanne Roberts Printed in Great Britain by Biddles Ltd, King’s Lynn
Contents Preface to the revised edition vii Abbreviations x 1 Folk-song to Art-song 1 Translation and Interpretation 13 3 ‘Lillegrieg’ 25 4 ‘Melodies of the Heart’ 42 5 ‘A balanced mind, a spiritual vitality …’ 70 6 ‘The claim of the ideal’ 88 7 ‘… awakened from a long, long trance’ 111 8 ‘The Mountain Thrall’ 117 9 ‘The Goal’ 123 10 Travels and ‘Travel Memories’ 144 11 ‘Homecoming’ 163 1 Haugtussa 186 13 ‘Music’s torch, which ever burns …’ 209 Appendix A Songs by opus number or EG number 225 Appendix B Songs in chronological order of composition 230 Appendix C Personalia 235 Appendix D Norwegian folk-song: musical forms and instruments 247 Select bibliography 251 General index 257 Index of songs 264
To the memory of John H orton
Preface to the revised edition T o those outside Scandinavia, classical music in Norway generally means Edvard Grieg. Sadly the composer is still chiefly known to the general public only through his Piano Concerto and the two orchestral suites from the incidental music to Peer Gynt , although many pianists and singers, professional and amateur, will have performed some of his smaller works. Unfortunately, because of his lack of output in the larger forms, Grieg has frequently been dismissed as a miniaturist and, as with any composer known by a handful of popular compositions but not generally in greater depth, that very popularity is often maligned. Debussy was referring to the Elegiac Melodies – and possibly even to the famous pink covers of the Peters Edition – when he made his famous remark, ‘on a dans la bouche le goût bizarre et charmant d’un bonbon rose qui serait fourré de neige’ (in a review in Gil Blas , Paris 1903), but it is a view of Grieg’s music still all too widely held.

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