Edvard Grieg
Works for four hands or two pianos

About Edvard Grieg's Works for four hands or two pianos

Some of Grieg's works for piano four hands are more often heard in orchestral form. In Autumn, Op. 11, and Symphonic Dances, Op. 64, were orchestrated by Grieg himself and were probably planned as orchestral works from the beginning. The Four Norwegian Dances Op. 35 were originally composed for piano four hands, but have become better known in the form of orchestral arrangements by the Czech conductor Hans Sitt. Grieg also later arranged them into a solo piano version.

The Symphony in C minor, EG119 (of which the composer himself wrote, on the score, ‘must never be performed’), was written in 1863–64, when Grieg was 20 years old; the second and third movements were later arranged for piano duet as 2 Symphonic Pieces Op.14. The 2 Walzer-Capricen Op.37 were written for piano four hands in 1883. Four years later he arranged them for solo piano. The 2 Nordic Melodies Op.63 were originally written for string orchestra in 1895 and published the following year, at the same time as the arrangements for solo piano and piano duet.

Grieg revered the genius of Mozart and in 1879 his Four Piano Sonatas by Mozart with the freely additionally composed accompaniment of a second piano by Edvard Grieg, originally intended for instruction purposes, were published. The second piano plays a supporting role, transcending Mozart's musical language by thickening the harmony and endowing the sound with greater brilliance.