Norwegian Edvard Grieg is one of Scandinavia’s most beloved composers. He was instrumental in developing a Norwegian national musical style in the latter part of the 19th century. Grieg’s music is primarily straightforward and clear in form, with lyrical, folk-like melodies. While he excelled in writing for voice and piano, his Peer Gynt Suite for orchestra is perhaps his most widely known work.
This Norwegian Suite incorporates both vocal and instrumental music from the early and middle part of Grieg’s life. The first movement is from the suite Aus Holbergs Zeit, which Grieg published in versions for either solo piano or string orchestra. The second movement is from a set of piano works, and the final movement is from a choral work. Rötnams-Knut was a Till Eulenspiegel–type character of Norwegian legend: a prankster always getting into trouble.
I have scored this work for two choirs, in the tradition of Verne Reynolds’s wonderful Cantos arrangements, which I came to know in the Eastman Horn Choir under Reynolds’s direction. The parts can be doubled; if so, the solo marking would indicate one on a part. I envision the two choirs slightly separated in performance.
Hornist Cynthia Carr is on the faculty of the University of Delaware, and performs regularly in Philadelphia as a member of the Opera Company orchestra and as a substitute with the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has appeared as a soloist with the Delaware Symphony, and was the recipient of the 1996 Delaware State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Ms. Carr has been an invited recitalist and lecturer at many regional and national conferences, including the 1999 MTNA National Convention and International Horn Workshop. A proponent of new music, she has commissioned and premiered two works for oboe, horn and piano trio and, in 1996, released the CD Images: Music for Horn and Piano by Women Composers. Ms. Carr also performs with the Chestnut Brass Company on their Grammy-award-winning CD Hornsmoke. She is the International Horn Society’s area representative for Delaware, and serves on the Advisory Board of the American Horn Competition. Ms. Carr holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and Florida State University, and also completed a year of study with Frøydis Ree Wekre in Oslo, Norway as an ITT International Fellow.
Since its inception in 1991, Trio Arundel has performed at regional and national conferences, on university campuses and in recitals and performing arts series throughout the United States. The members of the ensemble—Timothy Clinch, oboe; Cynthia Carr, horn; and Julie Nishimura, piano—strive to enrich the repertoire for this unusual instrumental combination through transcriptions and commissioning projects, as well as researching and performing lesser-known original repertoire.