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Masterpiece week Grieg

Masterpiece week Grieg

Peer Gynt

  • Edvard Grieg set one of the most widely performed Norwegian plays to music: Hendrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt,
  • carefree and imaginative braggart and liar Peer Gynt becomes a rich and shameless (slave) trader, who only questions his actions at the end of his life 
  • the full score was thought to be lost, but it resurfaced in the 1980s
  • Grieg composed 26 movements for Peer Gynt and then – on purely musical grounds – selected eight to make two four-movement orchestral suites
  • the theatrical restrictions to which the work was subject frustrated Grieg immensely

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