Edvard Hagerup Grieg (1843-1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. His use and development of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions put the music of Norway in the international spectrum, as well as helping to develop a national identity. Grieg is regarded as simultaneously nationalistic and cosmopolitan in his orientation, for although born in Bergen and buried there, he traveled widely throughout Europe, and considered his music to express both the beauty of Norwegian rural life and the culture of Europe as a whole.
1884 was the bicentenary year of the birth of Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754) and as a part of the celebrations various Scandinavian composers were commissioned to write commemorative pieces. From Holberg's Time was one of Grieg's contributions. It was first written for piano but in 1885 the composer transcribed it for string orchestra. For his suite Grieg went back to some of the musical forms used by Holberg's contemporaries but although the forms and style may be rococo the contents are unmistakably characteristic of Grieg himself. Grieg gave the first performance of the piano version in Bergen, Holberg's birthplace, in December 1884.
The five movements of the suite are:
1. Praeludium | 2. Sarabande | 3. Gavotte | 4. Air | 5. Rigaudon
The arrangement can be played also by a limited instrumentation:
Piccolo (dbl. Flute)
Bb Clarinet 1.2.3
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone 1
Bb Tenor Saxophone
F Horn 1.2
Bb Cornet 1
Bb Trumpet 1.2.3
Bb Trombone 1.2.3
Jerker Johansson (born 1967) studied 1984-90 percussion, composition and conducting at the Gothenburg University School of Music.
Between 1992 and 2004 he was chief conductor and artistic leader for GöteborgsMusiken (now Göteborg Wind Orchestra),
which also performed as the Swedish Air Force Band and has made several recordings on the Naxos label of both popular music and serious concert music, selling more than half a million copies.
Today he keeps a busy schedule composing and arranging music, conducting and playing percussion.
SOUND SAMPLE RECORDED BY GÖTEBORG WIND ORCHESTRA CONDUCTED BY JERKER JOHANSSON
Full recording available on "Walkabout - New Music for Concert Band - Demo Tracks 2015-2016"
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Can be streamed on Wimp/TIDAL, Apple Music, Spotify, Beat, Deezer and Music Unlimited.
|Format||Score and parts|
|Theme/genre||Classical music, Norwegian music, Transcribed music|
|Series||Noteservice Concert Band Originals and Transcriptions|
|Band catalogue||European Band catalogue 2015|