Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Literally Grieg

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Literally Grieg

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Beryl Foster, Literally Grieg. St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England: Lindsay Music, 2011. Paper, 113 pp., $28.95. ISBN 0859570584 www.linsdaymusic. co.uk, available for purchase in North American at www.calliopemusic. store.com

Although Edvard Grieg wrote 180 songs, most singers are familiar with only a few, such as "Solveig's Song" from Peer Gynt. Over the past twenty years, awareness of his vocal works has been raised by the publication of several texts devoted to the oeuvre. One such volume is The Songs of Edvard Grieg, by Beryl Foster (Aldershot: Scholar Press, 1990); in it, the author laments the dearth of accurate translations. With Literally Grieg, a collection of literal translations for the composer's songs and choral music, Foster fills the void.

Foster includes translations for all vocal works, even those unpublished or without opus number. The translations are presented in the original word order wherever possible, but not in a word-by-word format. The spellings are those that appeared in the original edition or autograph, unless the orthography is archaic. Accordingly, "Solvejg" is eschewed for the more commonly used "Solveig. …

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