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Edvard Grieg Watchman's Song (for Wind Quintet)

Written after the composer attended ‘The Scottish Play’...







Edvard Grieg (1843 – 1907), arguably the most famous of Norwegian composers, wrote in pretty much every genre. He composed the Lyric Pieces for piano on and off between 1867 and 1901. This collection of  66 character pieces, published in 10 books, contains some of Grieg’s most memorable melodic writing and some of his most startling harmonic experimentation.


Taken from Book 1, Op. 12, ‘The Watchman’s Song’ was written after the composer attended a performance of ‘Macbeth’. All is peaceful to begin with, but then the mood darkens as the ‘Spirits of the Night’ appear in the middle section.


N. B. This arrangement is written a semitone above the original, mainly to avoid too many awkward fingerings...



Instrumentation:

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in Bb, Horn in F, Bassoon

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