A musical composer may seem an odd choice to be listed among the influences for this blog, but Grieg’s music (among others) is a large influence. Grieg’s music foreshadows the score to film. His music evoked the ebb and tide of emotion found in film. Countless movie composers looked to Grieg as a jumping off point (Universal took from Grieg directly in the early 1930’s).
The two suites of Peer Gynt is Grieg’s masterpiece. He originally wrote the themes as the incidental music for Henrik Ibsen’s play, but saw it was much more than that. He re-organized the music in to the two suite piece that everyone knows. Countless films, commercials and more than few episodes of Looney Toons use Morning Mood with its building, beautiful crescendos evoke a rising sun. Anitra’s Dance with its light and whimsical introduction is the most underrated piece in the suites, even Grieg was dissatisfied with it. In the Hall of the Mountain King is one of the most recognizable pieces of music ever written. Ingrid’s Lament with its crashing peaks and heart-wrenching valleys sets up the bombastic Arabian Dance in all of its glory. Peer Gynt’s Homecoming has all the power and drama of a film climax.
- Peer Gynt Suite 1 & 2
- Holberg Suite
- Funeral March for Rikard Nordraak
- Wedding Day at Troldhauen