Violin Sonatas (Grieg)
Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote three violin sonatas. They are all fine examples of his musical nationalism, since they all contain references or similarities to Norwegian folk song.
The three Sonatas for violin and piano by Edvard Grieg were written between 1865 and 1887.
- Violin Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 8 was written in Copenhagen in 1865.
- Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major, Op. 13 was written in Oslo (then Christiania) in 1867.
- Violin Sonata No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45 was completed while Grieg was living in Troldhaugen in 1887.
... Composition on Griegs third and final violinsonata began in the autumn of 1886 ... Whereas the first two sonataswere written in a matter of weeks, this sonatatook him several months to complete ... The sonataremains the most popular of the three works, and has established itself in the standard repertoire ...
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