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Concerto for Piano and Symphonic Band, 1st Movement

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Edvard Grieg

Edvard Grieg (arr. D.F. Bain)


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This work bears the designation Opus 16.

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General Info

Year: 1946
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano and orchestra
Publisher: G. Schirmer
Cost: Score and Parts – Rental


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Program Notes

The Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16, composed by Edvard Grieg in 1868, was the only concerto Grieg completed. It is one of his most popular works and among the most popular of all piano concerti.

The first movement (Allegro molto moderato) is noted for the timpani roll in the first bar that leads to a dramatic piano flourish, which leads to the main theme. Then the key changes in C major, for the secondary theme. Later, the secondary theme appears again in the recapitulation, but in A major. The movement finishes with a virtuosic cadenza and a similar flourish as in the beginning. The movement is in the Sonata form.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Completed in 1868 when Grieg was just 25 years old, the Piano Concerto in A Minor may be his most famous work. The concerto was an immediate success. The soloist, Edmund Neupert, wrote that “the three dangerous critics ... applauded with all their might,” and a friend informed Grieg that there had been “thunderous chorus(es) of applause” at numerous instances throughout the work. It has since become a favorite with audiences worldwide. From the dramatic opening cadenza to the sweepingly grand final chords, the concerto is filled with invention, originality, and sparkle that cannot help but please the ear.

- Program Note by Karen Berr for the Washington and Lee Wind Ensemble concert program, 2 April 2018


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