Edvard GRIEG. SUITE FOR BRASS. - PER GADE's INTERNATIONAL BRASS QUINTET. JAPAN 1982


Edvard GRIEG (1843 - 1907). SUITE FOR BRASS. - PER GADE's INTERNATIONAL BRASS QUINTET. JAPAN 1982 This recording was found recently. It is from a concert in Japan and was recorded on a cassette tape. No changes have been added to the recording, no notes has been replaced in digital re-mastering and all that magic. It is a "here and now" performance! What you hear is what you get. It is a live recording from a two hours concert: real life here and now! SUITE FOR BRASS. 1. Sarabande. 2. Bridal Song. 3. Lullaby. 4. Ballade. Wedding Day in Troldhaugen. This is a arrangement by Per Gade's old friend Philip Jones, which he made for his Brass Quintet. By chance Per Gade met Philip Jones and the Quintet again in Singapore (where they had concerts) and Philip Jones gave him the music in copies. Philip Jones founded his Brass Quintet in 1951. It was one of the very first modern classical brass ensembles to be formed. Edvard Grieg was born in Bergen, Norway in 1843, and was a partial Scottish decent. His great-grandfather emigrated t Norway around 1770 and settled as a businessman in Bergen. En´vdard was bought up in a musical home. His mother started teaching him piano when he was 6 years old and when he was 15 he went to Leipzig, Germany to study music at the Conservatory (as we called those music higher educational places in Northern Europe, France and Germany in those years: to conserve). He was introduced to the international music life by Norwegian violin virtuoso Ole Bull, where he graduated on the violin with honors. Grieg also attained numerous concerts in Leipzig, but disliked the German disipline on the Conservatory and found it little inspiring. In the spring 1860 Grieg caught a life threatening lounge disease. In the year 11861 he made his debut as a concert pianist in Karlshamn, Sweden. In 1862 he finished his studies in Leipzig , Germany and came home to Norway to make his first concert in Bergen. In 1863 Grieg went to Copenhagen, Denmark and stayed there for 3 years. He met the Danish composers J. P. E Hartman and Niels W. Gade. He also met the Norwegian composer Rikard Nordraak who became a very dear friend and great inspiration to Grieg. But Nordraak died shortly after. Grieg composed a Funeral march in his honor, a well known piece of music for brass players. In 1864 he met his first cousin Nina Hagerup who lived in Copenhagen. They got engaged but kept it a secret, because the parents strongly objected to her marrying a poor musician with an uncertain future. They married in Copenhagen in 1867. - In those years Copenhagen was the center of Fine Art and music in Scandinavia. The famous piano concerto by Grieg was written in Copenhagen and had the premiere performance with Edmund Neupert. Later it was played in Italy, by sight reading, by the famous composer Franz Liszt, who met Grieg and expressed his appreciation for the piano concerto. In 1876 Grieg composed music for the premiere of Henrik Ipsen's now famous play "Peer Gynt" at the request of the author. many of the pieces from this work became very popular in the orchestra suites. Because of Griegs fame the Norwegian government awarded him a pension. In 1903 Grieg made 9 78-rmp gramophone recordings of his works and piano music while in Paris, France. Edvard Grieg died in the autumn of 1907, after a long period of illness. The funeral drew 30-40.000 people out on the streets of his hometown Bergen, to honor the great artist. His own Funeral march was played. He was only 64 when he died. His and his wife's ashes are entombed in a mountain crypt near his house, Troldhaugen in Bergen, Norway. ___________________________________________________ Professor Per Gade also told us the following, when we asked him: - "This International Brass Quintet was the very first professional Brass Quintet in Japan, established in 1981 (Per Gade lived and worked as professor in Japan during the period 1978-88). Each of the five members were very busy with their main jobs every day, in symphony orchestras, or as professors at Music Colleges/Academies, so we did not really have time for practicing together. So before each concert we held a serious meeting witha pot of coffee and sorted things out in a hurry, but in a highly professional way. Then a couple of hours before the concert, at the sound test, we took care of running through some important or difficult lines, all in a serious way. So what you have here is very much sight reading on the spot, in a live performance". MEMBERS: Allan Cox (USA), trumpet (professor). Yukihiro Sekiyama, trumpet (NHK Symph. Orch. Japan). Yoshi Ohno, french horn (Tokyo Philharmonic Orch. Japan). Per Gade, (COSMOPOLITAN) trombone (slide & valve trombones) (professor). SLIDE TROMBONE ON THIS PIECE OF MUSIC. Hiroyuki Yasumoto, tuba (Tokyo Metropolitan Symph. Orch.). ________________________________________________________

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