It is odd to think that Grieg was once better known for some of his songs than he was for his piano music. He wrote many types, ranging from beautiful and passionate lieder like Ich Liebe Dich and the engaging Mit Einer Primula Veris to some much darker pieces like Langelandsk Folkmelodi.
Grieg was carrying forward a great Norwegian song writing tradition whose renaissance had been started by Halfdan Kjerulf and these captivating works deserve much more performance attention than they are receiving at the moment.
In this centenary year of Grieg’s death, compile a fascinating recital programme with some of these wonderful songs.
Be inspired… find songs by Grieg at: www.youraccompanist.com/grieg
What’s your favourite Greig song? Tell us in the comments below. Better still, post a video of you singing it, or a link to your most loved performance.