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FUNERAL MARCH in Memory of Rikard Nordraak (score)

FUNERAL MARCH in Memory of Rikard Nordraak (score)

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Printed Edition
Composer:Grieg, Edvard (1843-1907)
Instrumentation:wind orch.
Publisher Ref:E43s
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Price: £6.95
Arranger:Emerson, Geoffrey
Skill Level:C
Publisher:Emerson Edition Ltd
ISBN:none specified
In 1863 Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) met Rikard Nordraak (1842-1866), one year his senior, who had composed the Norwegian national anthem at the age of seventeen. A deep friendship soon developed, and between them they proceeded to champion the cause of nationalism in Norwegian music.
In 1866, whilst Grieg was in Rome, Nordraak died of consumption in Berlin. When Grieg heard of this some eleven days later, on April 6th, he immediately composed the Funeral March in A minor for piano in memory of his dear friend.
Thereafter he made versions for military band (in G minor) and brass band (in B flat minor), and took to carrying the military band one with him whenever he travelled. In 1904 he wrote, ''I wish to be buried in my native town (Bergen), and I desire and I desire that at the interment my Nordraak Funeral March be played as beautifully as possible.''
Grieg''s wishes were respected at his funeral some three years later, although the Bergen band proved distressingly unequal to the ta

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