Holberg Suite, Op. 40
Performed by a computer/synthesizer.
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The Holberg Suite, Op. 40, more properly "From Holberg's Time" (Norwegian: Fra Holbergs tid, German: Aus Holbergs Zeit), subtitled "Suite in olden style" (Norwegian: Suite i gammel stil, German: Suite im alten Stil), is a suite of five movements based on eighteenth century dance forms, written by Edvard Grieg in 1884 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dano-Norwegian humanist playwright Ludvig Holberg.
It exemplifies nineteenth century music which makes use of musical styles and forms from the preceding century.
The movements of the suite are:
- Praeludium (Allegro vivace)
- Sarabande (Andante)
- Gavotte (Allegretto)
- Air (Andante religioso)
- Rigaudon (Allegro con brio)
The Holberg Suite was originally composed for the piano, but a year later was adapted by Grieg himself for string orchestra. The suite consists of an introduction and a set of dances. It is an early essay in neoclassicism, an attempt to echo as much as was known in Grieg's time of the music of Holberg's era.