Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites & Sibelius: Pelléas et Mélisande
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One of the Best
Peer Gynt is one of the most lyrical, beautiful pieces ever - especiaqlly Solveig's Song. Haunting
Best of the Romantic Period
Any serious collection of classical music will include both Peer Gynt Suites by Grieg. Beyond that, any person of Norwegian heritage is most likely intimately familiar with them. Having never read nor seen Ibsen's play of the same name, I can hum and whistle every song in both suites, as can practically every member of my Norwegian-American family. Alternating light and somber moods make for a dreamy experience. Probably everyone has heard both "Morning Mood" and "In the Hall of the Mountain King" because of frequent use in films and television programs. Less heard but even more beautiful (to me) are "Aase's Death" and "Anitra's Dance." My favorite piece of all is "Solveig's Song." It is a very somber and haunting melody, and for some reason conjures every image, memory and story of "the old country" I've ever heard of in my family. Listening to both suites is a journey through time to a different place. Greig's "Peer Gynt" suites one and two are, I think, the very best examples of music composed in the late romantic period.
A great song that you can dance to. This beat is uplifing and defienatly worth it. Another hit by Grieg~ ROCK ON!