Four Movements from the "Holberg Suite"

From Wind Repertory Project
Edvard Grieg

Edvard Grieg (arr. Melanie Thorne)

The underlying Grieg work bears the designation Opus 40.

General Info

Year: 1884 / 2010
Duration: c. 19:30
Original Medium: Piano/String Orchestra
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Sempre Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $16.95


1. Praeludium
2. Sarabande
3. Gavotte; Musette
4. Rigaudon


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II-III
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Holberg Suite, Op. 40, more properly From Holberg's Time, subtitled "Suite in olden style" is a suite of five movements based on eighteenth-century dance forms, written by Edvard Grieg in 1884 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dano-Norwegian humanist playwright Ludvig Holberg (1684–1754).

It exemplifies nineteenth-century music which makes use of musical styles and forms from the preceding century. Although not as famous as Grieg's incidental music from Peer Gynt, which is itself usually performed as arranged in a pair of suites, many critics regard the works as of equal merit.

The Holberg Suite was originally composed for the piano, but a year later was adapted by Grieg himself for string orchestra. The suite consists of an introduction and a set of dances. It is an early essay in neoclassicism, an attempt to echo as much as was known in Grieg's time of the music of Holberg's era.


None discovered thus far.

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  • Grieg, E.; Thorne, M. (1999). Four Movements from the Holberg Suite: Saxophone Septet [score]. Sempre Music: [Moniaive, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire].
  • Holberg Suite. Wikipedia. Accessed 21 December 2022
  • Perusal Score