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Grieg and Sibelius, Playwrights

2, 3, 4, 5 June 2019
Melodramas: Grieg and Sibelius, Playwrights


The music of the Nordic countries is inevitably associated with the names of Edvard Grieg and Jean Sibelius. In forging a national art form, both composers worked with important playwrights, but in their outputs they also left room for uncommon genres such as the melodrama. Grieg worked on his melodrama Bergliot for years. It was set to a text by the Norwegian Nobel Prize winner Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, which in turn was based on Nordic sagas. For his part, the Finnish composer Sibelius wrote various small-scale melodramas, all with original texts in Swedish. This little-known corpus gains its inspiration from Nordic mythology and uses symbolist evocation by comparing the Scandinavian landscape with the state of mind of the main character.

The staging of these five melodramas forms the fourth instalment in this format, which is devoted to a genre that is practically unknown, both in theatres and concert halls.

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