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March of the Trolls

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Edvard Grieg

Edvard Grieg (arr. Brian Beck)

Subtitle: From Lyric Suite, Op. 54

General Info

Year: 1891 / 2010
Duration: c. 4:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Alfred Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $75.00   |   Score Only - $10.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute 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 Trumpet I-II-III
F Horn I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Percussion I-II-III (7-9 players), including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Gong
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) is best known for his eternally popular Piano Concerto in A Minor, as well as more than 150 songs and 66 lyric pieces. March of the Trolls is from his Lyric Pieces, Op. 54. Trolls are a constant theme in Norwegian folklore and can be viewed as the equivalent of our "boogie man." Far to the north in Norway where the winter storms whip the weather-beaten coasts, you will find dark forests with moonlit lakes, deep fjords surrounded by mighty snowcapped mountains, and long rivers and cold streams cascading down the mountain sides. This is where you might find the irritable, short-tempered trolls coming out of their hiding places after sunset, marching to wreck havoc on unsuspecting Norwegian households.

The original translation of "March of the Dwarfs" was changed to "March of the Trolls" for this arrangement. They are the same theme.

- Program Note by publisher

Edvard Grieg's Lyric Suite is an orchestration of four of the six piano pieces from Book V of his Lyric Pieces, Op. 54. Both Grieg and the Austro-Hungarian conductor Anton Seidl had a hand in the orchestration. It consists of three pieces revised by Grieg from Seidl's arrangements, and one piece arranged by Grieg alone. Grieg had originally written the six Lyric Pieces of Book V for piano in 1891. In 1894, Anton Seidl, the conductor of the New York Philharmonic, orchestrated four of the pieces for his orchestra to play. He gave the work the title of Norwegian Suite. The four pieces he chose were:

2. Norwegian March
3. March of the Dwarfs
4. Notturno
6. Bell-Ringing.

After Seidl's death, Grieg then re-arranged the work and provided the final title, Lyric Pieces, of which March of the Dwarfs (in this arrangement retitled March of the Trolls) became the fourth piece.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.

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State Ratings

  • Florida: III
  • Georgia: IV
  • Kansas: III


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  • Roma (Tx.) Middle School Symphonic Winds (Corey Graves, conductor) - 14 February 2020 (2020 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • San Dieguito Academy (San Diego, Calif.) Wind Ensemble I (Jeremy Wuertz, conductor) – 30 October 2019
  • San Dieguito Academy (San Diego, Calif.) Wind Ensemble I (Jeremy Wuertz, conductor) – 29 October 2019
  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Concert Band (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 25 October 2018
  • Fireland High School (Oberlin, Ohio) Symphonic Band (Dustin Wileym conductor) – 12 April 2018
  • Scottsdale (Ariz.) Concert Band (Michele Kalo, conductor) – 4 March 2018
  • Genesee Valley (Batavia, N.Y.) Wind Ensemble (Philip J. Briatico, conductor) – 19 November 2017
  • Phoenix (N.Y.) Community Band (David Frateschi, conductor) – 6 November 2017
  • MetWinds (Lexington, Mass.) (Lewis J. Buckley, conductor) - 30 April 2017
  • Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band (Fayetteville) (Michael Ferguson, conductor) – 25 February 2017
  • Western Illinois University (Macomb) Wind Ensemble (Mike Fansler, conductor) – 24 February 2017
  • Bemidji (Minn.) State University Wind Ensemble (Scott Guidry, conductor) – 24 April 2016
  • Indiana University (Bloomington) All-Campus Band (Ryan M. Yahl, conductor) – 18 April 2016
  • Waco (Tex.) Area Youth Wind Ensemble - 28 October 2012

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