Grieg wrote sixty-six Lyric Pieces, collected in ten opus numbers that were published over a thirty-four year period (1867 to 1901). They were immensely popular in their time, for they combine musical sophistication, poetic sensitivity, and a great variety of moods, while still remaining accessible to amateur pianists. Some of these pieces are still popular today, but there remain many hidden gems for curious pianists and avid sight-readers to explore. The first collection of Lyric Pieces was published in 1867, when Grieg was only twenty-four, and the opening Arietta is one of the best pieces in the set. In its...
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