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Fairies of the Meadow (1850) by Nils Blommer (1816-1853)
Copyright Nationalmuseum, Stockholm / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67670
Recording details: December 2007
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Mark Brown
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: July 2008
Total duration: 3 minutes 44 seconds

Prinsessen, EG133
author of text

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Not including the three separate songs in the complete incidental music for Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, almost thirty songs by Grieg were published between the Op 5 set and the Sex digte af Henrik Ibsen Op 25, published eleven years later in 1876. Among them was Grieg’s solitary song-setting from 1871, Prinsessen, which tells of a lone Princess who hears the sound of a horn-call from outside the castle. She is puzzled by the strange reaction the sounds rouse in her. Perhaps naturally, Grieg’s setting utilizes an original but folk-like theme, subtly varied as the uncertainties of her dream-like reactions unfold.

from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 2008

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