About Edvard Grieg's Album Leafs
This collection was written in the years 1864-1878. It has been unfairly neglected by posterity – surely all four pieces have fine qualities. As a group the Album Leafs present an interesting picture of Grieg’s early development as a composer.
About the last piece of the collection, Grieg later wrote:
"While writing this piece, I could suddenly hear faint music in the distance, which came from musicians who were rowing a boat up the fjord. The tones harmonized wonderfully with my piece, and gave me the inspiration for the middle section".