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Peer Gynt for Guitar

by Edmund Page

Lively classical guitar arrangements of the Peer Gynt Suites by Edvard Grieg played with nuance and sensitivity. Beautiful tones and expression of highly evocative music of which some is very familiar while others are waiting to be discovered.
Genre: Classical: Romantic Era
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: I. Morning Mood
3:35 $0.89
2. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: II. Aase's Death
2:57 $0.89
3. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: III. Anitra's Dance
3:27 $0.89
4. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46: IV. In the Hall of the Mountain King
1:52 $0.89
5. Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55: I. Abduction of the Bride
3:10 $0.89
6. Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55: II. Arabian Dance
4:40 $0.89
7. Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55: III. Peer Gynt's Journey Home
3:35 $0.89
8. Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55: IV. Soveig's Song
4:03 $0.89
9. Norwegian Dances in D Minor, Op. 35: I. Allegretto marcato
6:49 $0.89
10. Norwegian Dances in A Major, Op. 35: II. Allegretto tranquilo e grazioso
2:21 $0.89
11. Norwegian Dances in G Major, Op. 35: III. Allegro moderato alla marcia
3:10 $0.89
12. Lyric Pieces, Op. 68: I. Sailor's Song
1:57 $0.89
13. Lyric Pieces, Op. 68: II. Grandmother's Minuet
2:23 $0.89
14. Lyric Pieces, Op. 68: III. At Your Feet
2:20 $0.89
15. Lyric Pieces, Op. 68: IV. Evening in the Mountains
3:08 $0.89
16. Lyric Pieces, Op. 68: V. At the Cradle
3:29 $0.89
17. Symphonic Dances, Op. 64: II. Allegretto grazioso
5:21 $0.89
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Album Notes
Some of the music of the Peer Gynt suites is very well known but what is the story behind these highly evocative compositions? Henrick Ibsen wrote the dramatic poem “Peer Gynt” in 1867 based on Norwegian folk tales and the farming life of the time. He later adapted it for the stage and asked the top Norwegian composer of the day, Edvard Grieg to compose the incidental music for the stage production. Grieg later arranged 8 of the pieces to produce the Peer Gynt suites but reordered from the play.
The music has been arranged for classical guitar from the full orchestral score capturing much of the original subtlety of tone and background rhythm. The two Peer Gynt suites are included in full (Op.46 and Op.51) along with the Norwegian Dances (Op.35) and Lyric Pieces (Op.68). A bonus of one of the Symphonic Dances (Op.64 No.2) is also included.
While the first piece, Morning Mood, may conjure images the forests of Peer Gynt’s native Norway, it is set near the beach in Morocco so perhaps Peer was only dreaming of home. Aase’s Death represents the death of Peer Gynt’s widowed mother and starts with somber chords as the original but transitions into a more flowing tremolo style. Anitra’s Dance is a somewhat muted dance in mazurka rhythm. Conversely, In The Hall Of The Mountain King is a wilder piece in keeping with the chaos of a cave full of angry trolls.
The second Peer Gynt suite includes the Abduction of the Bride where the initial excitement of running away is tempered by longer somber reflection. The viola rhythm adds an interesting aspect to the guitar arrangement. Arabian Dance is a light rhythmic dance while Peer Gynt’s Journey Home represents running into a storm and get shipwrecked on the way back to Norway. The final movement, Solveig’s song is also the end of the play when Peer Gynt is finally reunited with the love of his life, Solveig.
The Norwegian Dances provide marked tempo changes and their own individual challenges while the lyric pieces each describe the intended imagery in their title and are all quite unique.

Edmund Page has been playing the guitar for many years and his first CD, Reflexiones de le Guitarra represented several years of study into the Spanish and Latin American guitar styles. Appreciative of Grieg’s orchestral music, he decided to arrange the music for classical guitar. Through painstaking revision, he has achieve arrangements which retain much of the subtlety and interplay of the orchestral performances in a very approachable form.



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