No 1: Spillemænd 'Minstrels' Til hende stod mine tanker 'My thoughts were with her'
No 2: En svane 'A swan' Min hvide svane 'My white swan'
No 3: Stambogsrim 'Album lines' Jeg kaldte dig mit lykkebud 'I called you my messenger of joy'
No 4: Med en vandlilje 'With a waterlily' Se, Marie, hvad jeg bringer 'See, Marie, what I am bringing'
No 5: Borte! 'Gone!' De sidste gæster 'The last guests'
No 6: En fuglevise 'A bird's song' Vi gik en dejlig vårdag 'We walked one lovely spring day'
The third song from this set, Stambogsrim (‘Album lines’), depicts—as Beryl Foster has said—‘a scene barely glimpsed rather than seen properly’. This twelve-bar song (the shortest in Grieg’s entire output) reflects aspects of early settings by contemporaneous French Impressionists—Fauré, perhaps, or Duparc—in its subtleties and inferences, characteristics which are further alluded to in the other songs in the group. A study of the texts and of Grieg’s inspired reactions to them through his distinctive melodic lines and their harmonic accompaniments reveals the deepening of the composer’s art by this time.
from notes by Robert Matthew-Walker © 2008