Edvard Grieg and his music. History of The Popular Song and Its Composer a.k.a How I stopped listening to Classical Music and learned to love the Norwegian Opera. Beginning. Birth Date: June 15, 1843. Born in Bergin, Norway.
History of The Popular Song and Its Composer
How I stopped listening to Classical Music and learned to love the Norwegian Opera.
“He went back to the piano, repeated the whole strophe, and finished off. At the end he said to me…‘You Carry on, My friend; you have the real stuff in you. And don’t ever let them frighten you!’”
--Edvard Grieg, in a letter home
This first movement is a chipper tune, triple meter simple compound. It’s melody is warm with violins playing the theme and the contrabass and viola play the harmony, which jumps merrily with the melody. At :25 the violins enters the verse slowly with the viola offering harmonic accompaniment. 1:18 the bridge offers the violins a smooth descending melody, with the viola giving a steady rhythm. The melody is conjunct with a homophonic texture to it.
The melody here starts off slow and sweet, in major key. The theme is repeated twice, with viola giving the harmony, the melody rising before it is repeated. The bridge plays a melodramatic minor melody before it is passed on to the viola, the other strings giving accompaniment. Which all leads up to a very beautiful repeat of the main theme. A variation at 2:07 of the melody starts rising. The melody is very conjunct and the rhythm is very slow. The resolution can be felt at every repetition of the theme.
A much faster beat is played this time, the happy major key feeling coming back in violin form. Played in quad meter simple division, the theme is repeated twice before leading into a much faster bridge, which is also repeated. The theme has violins and viola offer the melody which the chello is giving the accompaniment. The bridge has the violins head into polyphony while the other strings follow the second violin’s melody.