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A Grieg Programme


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Conducted by PERCY PITT
Overture, ' In Autumn ' First Spring (for Strings)
Norwegian Wedding Procession
IN the Overture, which developed from the theme of one of the Composer's songs, we have an impression of scenes and moods at the fall of the year in Norway, Grieg's native country. The music is richly coloured, and its Rythms are often exhilarating.
There is a slow Introduction in which
Strings and Woodwind call to each other, the tune having a. characteristically Griegian shape. This leads into a quick and agitated portion, Strings and Wind having a dozen bars of urgent minor music, that brings us to a still more furious pace and to the First Main Tune, with its insistent prancing rhythm.
A quiet bit leads to the Second
Main Tune, which Clarinet and Horns share. This is a graceful, rising theme, with a cheery lilt at the end of it. A naive, folk-song-like Tune in the Strings, that soon follows, is a sort of subsidiary theme.
On this material, with many dainty little episodes, the work is built up.
Solveig's Song (' Peer Gynt LESLIE ENGLAND, with ORCHESTRA
Pianoforte Concerto THIS is perhaps the most popular of Grieg's larger works. It was written in 1868, when the composer was twenty-five years old. There are three Movements. FIRST MOVEMENT (Moderately quick).-After a preliminary flourish on the Piano, the First Main Tune, vigorous and romantic, is at once given out. It consists chiefly of a little curt phrase in Woodwind, and a more suave phrase, which is at first given to Clarinet and Bassoon, and then repeated at great length and more fully orchestrated. This whole (fairly long) Tune is repeated on the Piano (lightly accompanied by Strings). Soon after there is something of a climax, and then comes the beautiful Second Main Tune, a tranquil phrase given to 'Cellos, which is immediately taken up by the Piano, and eloquently elaborated. SECOND MOVEMENT (Slow).—This is a brief, highly expressive Movement. It opens with a long Tune given to Muted Strings. At the end of this the Piano enters with a long, rhapsodical passage (lightly accompanied). Eventually Flute and Clarinet quietly suggest the Tune with which the Movement opened, and this the Piano then declaims at full length. THIRD MOVEMENT (Quick and emphatic). A few soft, detached chords in the Orchestra, a very loud Piano flourish, and one loud chord (Full Orchestra), and we are plunged into what is, in effect, a lively Norwegian Dance.
Two Brown Eyes (Hans Andersen ) A Waterlily (Ibsen)
Papillons (Butterflies) On the Mountains
Lyric Suite
The Shepherd Boy ; Norwegian Peasant March; Nocturne ; March of the Dwarfs


Soprano: Leslie England
Unknown: Kneale Kelley
Conducted By: Percy Pitt
Unknown: Hans Andersen
Unknown: Leslie England

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A Grieg Programme

2LO London, 31 July 1927 21.15

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