Edvard Grieg’s choral music has remained little known outside Scandinavia. One of the chief aims of this book is to bring this body of work to the notice of a wider audience, in the hope that it may receive greater prominence in concert programmes. Choral pieces form a relatively small proportion of Grieg’s total output, although works such as the Album for Male Voices and the Four Psalms represent significant developments in his compositional career. In this study Beryl Foster not only provides an in-depth examination of this music, but also presents a picture of Norwegian musical life in the second half of the nineteenth century. An overview of Norway’s choral tradition from the Middle Ages provides the historical context from which Grieg came to the genre. Subsequent chapters discuss in detail the types of choral works that he wrote, such as occasional and commemorative pieces, dramatic works and solo song arrangements. A set of useful appendices, including a chronological list of works and a discography complete this original survey.
Table of Contents
Contents: The Choral Music Tradition in Norway; The Early Works; Occasional Works; Commemorative Pieces; Album for Male Voices, op. 30; Dramatic works; Later Works and Choral Arrangements; The Four Psalms, op. 74; Appendix A: Choral Works in Chronological Order of Composition; Appendix B: Personalia; Select Bibliography; Discography; General Index; Index of Choral Works.
’I am impressed by how well you [Beryl Foster] write. You truly have included all the essentials about the choral music and in an elegant way have intertwined biographical information in a vivid account of the separate works. With your two books on Grieg’s songs and choral music you stand out now as THE Grieg specialist in Great Britain. I congratulate you most sincerely!’ Professor Finn Benestad.