In November 2019, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Edward Gardner premiered Lyric Pieces, based on six of Edvard Grieg’s iconic piano pieces (see the performance here). On June 15 2020, their first concert after COVID-19 with an actual audience in the hall, they will perform it again. This time they have also commissioned an extra movement, Notturno, based on Grieg’s Notturno from his Op. 54.
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The Edvard Grieg International Piano Competition 2020 has commissioned a short piano solo work to be included in the competition. Notturno, a 4 minute piece which vaguely points towards Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Piece with the same name, can until April 20 be dowloaded on the following page: Edvard Grieg Competition – Repertoire.
Lyric Pieces is nominated for the Norwegian Publisher Price 2020, in the category “Contemporary work of the year”. Ørjan Matre is also nominated as “Classical/Contemporary Composer of the year”. The price winners will be announced on February 26, 2020. Lyric Pieces is published by Edition Peters and was premiered in November 2019 by Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner.
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra has published the video from their performance of Lyric Pieces, conducted by Edward Gardner. From Grieghallen, Bergen, November 14, 2019.
Lyric Pieces will be premiered by Bergen Philharmonic Orhcestra and Edward Gardner on November 14 in the Grieg Hall, Bergen. The piece is based on six of Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Pieces; Arietta, Spring Dance, Solitary Traveller, Butterfly, Bell Ringing and Remembrances. It is not a conventional orchestration of the piano pieces, rather composed interpretations inspired by Grieg’s harmonic and rythmic ideas. Grieg himself is piano soloist in the last movement, in a recording from 1903.
Score and info about the piece: Lyric Pieces