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Edvard Grieg: Piano Transcriptions of Songs

With the piano transcriptions of twelve Songs, Op.41 and Op. 52, Grieg follows common procedure among Romantic composers: to rework their own, or other people's, songs into expressive and brilliant piano pieces.
These collections were at least partly an attempt to satisfy the public's increasing appetite for new pieces by Grieg. Both sets include some of his finest and most popular songs, such as "I love thee" and "Solveig's Song", but also lesser known ones.
In these arrangements, Grieg made only minor changes to the melody and harmony of the songs, but gave several of them a richer and more varied texture, so that some, such as The Princess, appear as completely new and quite virtuoso pieces.

The Two Melodies, Op. 53, are reworkings of the songs Fyremål, Op. 33, No. 12, and Det første møte, Op. 21, No. 1. They were also published in a version for string orchestra, as were the Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34, transcriptions of two tragic songs from Opus 33. The Wounded Heart is a tragedy, conveyed by harsh dissonances and chromatic notes, while The Last Springis in a mood of sad resignation.


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TitleASTKey Composed Type Level
Heart's Wounds Op. 34 No. 1C Minor 1881 Piece 5
Last Spring Op. 34 No. 2G Major 1881 Piece 5
Lullaby Op. 41 No. 1B Major 1884 Transcription 6
Little Haakon Op. 41 No. 2A-flat Major 1884 Transcription 6
I Love Thee Op. 41 No. 3C Major 1884 Transcription 7
She Is So White Op. 41 No. 4E Minor 1884 Transcription 6
The Princess Op. 41 No. 5D Minor 1884 Transcription 8
To Springtime Op. 41 No. 6B Major 1884 Transcription 6
A Mother's Grief Op. 52 No. 1B-flat Minor 1890 Transcription 7
The First Meeting Op. 52 No. 2D-flat Major 1890 Transcription 6
The Poet's Heart Op. 52 No. 3F-sharp Minor 1890 Transcription 7
Solvejg's Song Op. 52 No. 4A Minor 1890 Transcription 6
Love Op. 52 No. 5D-flat Major 1890 Transcription 6
The Old Mother Op. 52 No. 6B Minor 1890 Transcription 7
Norwegian Op. 53 No. 1G Major 1891 Transcription 7
The First Meeting Op. 53 No. 2C Major 1891 Transcription 6



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