Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 is presented as a Solo for Flute, Clarinet or Alto Saxophone with a play-a-long Audio CD which also contains SmartMusic SMP Files.
Duets Books and Piano Accompaniment Books are also available.
Edvard Grieg, pianist and composer, was born on June 15, 1843 in Bergen, Norway and died on September 4, 1907 in Bergen, Norway. He is the most important Norwegian composer of the Romantic Period in Music (1825-1900).
His works include: Piano Concerto in A Minor (Op. 16, 1868), Holberg Suite for Orchestra (Op. 40, 1885), Lyric Suite for Orchestra (Op. 54, 1904), several works for solo piano and a large number of songs with piano accompaniment.
In January 1874 Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), whom Grieg first met in 1865, requested that Grieg compose incidental music for his five act play Peer Gynt (1867). Incidental Music for Peer Gynt (Op. 23) was completed in September 1875 and first performed with the play on February 24, 1876.
The two Peer Gynt Suites are made up of 8 movements from the original 22 (23 or 26, depending on the source) - out of order to the sequence of events in the play:
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (Op. 46, 1875, revised 1888)
1 - Morning (also seen as Morning Mood - Prelude to Act 4)
2 - The Death Of Ase (Peer Gynt’s mother, end of Act 3)
3 - Anitra’s Dance (No. 4 in Act 4)
4 - In The Hall Of The Mountain King (No. 5 in Act 2)
Peer Gynt Suite No. 2 (Op. 55, 1875, revised 1891-2)
1 - Ingrid’s Lament (also seen as The Rape Of The Bride or Peer And Ingrid - Prelude to Act 2)
2 - Arabian Dance (No. 3 in Act 4)
3 - Peer Gynt’s Homecoming (Prelude to Act 5)
4- Solveig’s Song (No. 2 in Act 3, also heard in Acts 4 and 5)
Originally there was a 5th movement The Dance Of The Mountain King’s Daughter (No. 6 in Act 2) but Grieg withdrew it.
In order to maintain “friendly” key signatures, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 has been transposed up a semitone from the original. The Clarinet Book CD contains Audio and SmartMusic versions for both Bb Clarinet and Clarinet in A. There is also a Piano Accompaniment book available for Clarinet in A.
Clarinet Solo Book (9”X12” - 12 pages) & CD - $14.95
Flute Solo Book (9”X12” - 12 pages) & CD - $14.95
Alto Saxophone Solo Book (9”X12” - 12 pages) & CD - $14.95