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In My Native Country

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Edvard Grieg

Edvard Grieg (arr. Brant Karrick)

The underlying work bears the designation Opus 43, no. 3

General Info

Year: 1886 / 1999
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Piano
Publisher: Daehn Publications, through C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $66.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Full Score
English Horn (optional)
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The music of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg is rooted in his training at the Leipzig Conservatory and the piano works of Chopin, but his melody employs inflections and figures of Norwegian folk music. Not confident in handling the traditional large forms, Grieg's strong points include a pronounced gift for lyrical melody and a certain adventurousness of harmonic style found in this many songs and lyric pieces for piano. This setting of In My Native Country is adapted from one of his Lyric Pieces for piano, Opus 43, No. 3.

Grieg wrote In My Native Country to express both his homesickness for his homeland and his lifelong friendship with Frants Beyer. In 1886, when Grieg was in Denmark, he sent a copy of his new composition to Beyer, along with a message:

. . . Friends are friends, and I also have many of them here; but none of them understand, as you do, what it is that draws me toward the scenery of home … All these other people more or less fade into oblivion at this time. What do you say to a quiet morning on the boat, or out between the rocks and small islands! The other day I was so filled with this longing that it took the form of a quiet song of thanksgiving … The colors are the soft colors of Norway, but the heart of the piece as beating for you, old friend, as I was writing these notes.

To Sharon and Thomas Rohrer for their wedding.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

  • Louisiana: II
  • Texas: II. Complete


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  • University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Symphony Band (Phillip A. Ostrander, conductor) – 23 April 2019

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