Edvard Grieg “From Holberg’s Time: Suite in the Olden Style”

Conducted by Music Director, Peter Stafford Wilson

Violin I
Alicia Hui, concertmaster
Kathryn Stephenson
Dominik Repka
Matthew Boles
Davis Hoem

Violin II
Melissa Zigler
Alexandra Vargo
Laura Masonbrink
Elijah Simpkins
Lauren Absten

Meagan Cramm
Daniel Winfield
Andrea Tippery
Norman Cardwell-Murri

Sybil Baker
Tulia Spurgeon
Eden Davis

Jim Bates
Lydia Namakydoost

All Sound and Video Engineering by
Eric Van Wagner

Edvard Grieg composed From Holberg’s Time: Suite in the Olden Style in 1884 to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of playwright Ludwig Holberg, a fellow Norwegian from Bergen. The Holberg Suite, as it is known, was originally written for piano and was premiered by Grieg himself. Because it was so well received, he adapted it for string orchestra a year later. 

Grieg borrowed from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music styles to create a Baroque-inspired sound for the Holberg Suite. The suite has five short movements: Praeludium, Sarabande, Gavotte, Air, and Rigaudon. The Praeludium energetically introduces the work and resembles a Bach Toccata. Air, the only movement in a minor key, is slow and mournful. Rigaudon is an upbeat folk style dance. (The Sarabande and Gavotte movements, not recorded here, are dances of a more stately manner.) 

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Conducted by Peter Stafford Wilson