WRTI Spotlight
9:23 am
Sat June 13, 2009

Works by Norwegian Composer and Pianist Edvard Grieg on His Birthday: Monday, June 15


Throughout the day, WRTI brings you works by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), the Norwegian classical music icon. Renowned as a nationalist composer, Grieg's many short pieces for piano - often based on Norwegian folk tunes and dances - led some to call him the "Chopin of the North."

"Norwegian folk life, Norwegian sagas, Norwegian history, and above all Norwegian nature have had a profound influence on my creative work ever since my youth." - Edvard Grieg, 1900

The composer is perhaps best known for his Piano Concerto in A minor, his incidental music to Ibsen's play Peer Gynt, and his collection of piano miniatures, Lyric Pieces. You'll hear a variety of Grieg's works on June 15th.

Watch and Listen: Arthur Rubinstein plays Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 in 1975, with London Symphony Orchestra, Andr? Previn conducting

Listen on June 15th to hear the following works:

(Times are approximate)

6:30 am - Norwegian Dance No.1
7 am - Two Elegiac Melodies
7:30 am - Sigurd Josalfar: Homage March
8:45 am - Peer Gynt Suite No.1
9 am - Holberg Suite
10:45 am - Symphony in C
12:15 pm - Symphonic Dances
2 pm - Old Norwegian Romance
3:30 pm - Norwegian Airs
5 pm - Lyric Pieces (excerpts)
5:45 pm - In Autumn Overture

More Information:

Edvard Grieg on Wikipedia