EDVARD GRIEG (1843-1907)
Norwegian Pianist and Composer

Edvard Grieg is the author of one of the world's most beloved works for piano and orchestra, the Piano Concerto in A Minor, Opus 16. Had he written nothing else he would likely be as famous and popular as he has been for the last 100 years.

Both Liszt and Tchaikovsky are said to have much admired Grieg's music and many pianists have championed the concerto, most notably in Grieg's lifetime were Arthur de Greef and Percy Grainger. I do not know if Grainger ever recorded the concerto, but I have included, below, performances by Grainger of "To Spring" and a transcription of the "Morning Mood" from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg as an indication of Granger's playing since he was a favorite of Grieg's.

Grieg wrote a good deal of piano music, a sampling of which he recorded in the first decade of the 20th Century. Most of his recordings were piano rolls, but there are several records from 1903.

Grieg was also considered to be a fine pianist and his performances were highly regarded.

from the Lyric Pieces Op 43

i. "Butterfly"
Piano roll from 1906

iv. "Liten fugl" ("Little Bird")
1906 Welte-Mignon piano roll

vi. "Til Vaaren" ("To Spring")
Recorded in 1903

from the Lyric Pieces Op.65

vi. "Bryllupsdag paa Troldhaugen" ("Wedding Day At Troldhaugen")
recorded in 1903

4 Humoresques Op 6 n2 in G sharp minor, Tempo di Menuetto ed energico
Scenes of Country Life (Aus dem Volksleben) Op 19 n2 "Bridal procession" (Norwegischer Brautzug in Vor├╝berziehen) 1:44
Lyric Pieces, op 71 n7 Remembrances (Efterklang) 4:47
Recorded in 1903

"Bridal Procession"
1903 accoustic recording and piano roll recorded in 1906

from the Piano Sonata in E minor, Op.7

iii. Alla Menuetto, Ma Poco Piu Lento
recorded in 1903

iv. Finale (abridged to fit recording time available)

Percy Grainger plays Grieg

Peer Gynt Suite N┬░1, Op.46 i. "Morgenstemning" ("Morning Mood")
Duo Arte piano roll

"To Spring"

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