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Solveig’s song for Salon Orchestra

Composer
M:Edvard Grieg. T:Henrik Ibsen
Arranger
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Classical music
Instrumentation
Orchestra
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Solveig’s song arranged for Salon Orchestra, consisting of Violin 1 & 2, Cello, DB, Flute/Oboe, Bb Clarinet & Piano.

Solveig is a central character in the play Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen. She sings the famous "Solveig’s Song" in Edvard Grieg’s musical suite of the same name. Ibsen uses sun imagery in association to the character (scene 10, act 5), indicating that Ibsen may have favored the idea that the name is etymologically associated with the sun. There is also a female central character in the Argentine novelist Leopoldo Marechal’s Adán Buenosayres named Solveig Amundsen. Furthermore, Solveig is the main character and narrator of Matthew J. Kirby’s Icefall.

Peer Gynt, Op. 23 is the incidental music to Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 play of the same name, written by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg in 1875. It premiered along with the play on 24 February 1876 in Christiania (now Oslo).

Later, in 1888 and 1891, Grieg extracted eight movements to make two four-movement suites: Suite No. 1, Op. 46, and Suite No. 2, Op. 55. Some of these movements have received coverage in popular culture; see Grieg’s music in popular culture.

The complete score of the incidental music includes several songs and choral pieces. The complete score was believed to be lost until the 1980s and has only been performed in its entirety since then. (See the article on Ibsen’s play for a list of notable productions, including concert performances of the incidental music.)

It was originally orchestrated for: one piccolo, two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets in A, two bassoons, four horns in E, two trumpets in E, three trombones, a tuba, timpani, cymbals, bass drum, triangle, harp, and strings.

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