Edvard Grieg
Piano Concerto
in A Minor, Op. 16

The brilliance and virtuosity of this Concerto can seem far removed from Grieg's more subtle, lyrical creations for solo piano; but there is common ground, such as the distinct elements of Norwegian folk music.

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Edvard Grieg

Piano Concerto
Op. 16

Key: A Minor
Year: 1868
Level: 8+
Period: Early Romantic
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Grieg's Iconic Concerto

Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A-Minor is one of the most recognizable concertos in the entire repertoire. Its enduring and endearing popularity are a testament to its charming quality. The descending gestures of the introductory piano solo are angular and dramatic after the opening timpani roll. The brilliance and virtuosity on display in the Concerto can seem far removed from Grieg's more subtle, lyrical creations for solo piano; but there is common ground, such as the distinct elements of Norwegian folk music. The first notes from the piano were inspired by Schumann’s piano concerto from a decade earlier. Indeed, the two works share much in common: key, length, stylistic choices, and overall mood.

Background

It is interesting to note that, despite the fact that the work was an instant megahit, Grieg himself was curiously unsatisfied with the work. He tinkered with it constantly from 1868 until his death in 1907. In all, he made more than 300 changes to the score after the premiere. Grieg was in his 20s when he composed it, and it became his only concerto. He had also not yet composed an orchestral work up until that time, and the concerto is a sterling effort for a “first try.”


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