Peer Gynt, Suite No.2, Op. 55, IV: Solveig’s song

Today was a gloriously beautiful, sunny day, quite warm from early in the morning and reaching 28°C (82°F) this afternoon. More than halfway through September, it might be the last such day we have. I always hope for a few more days (do I hear weeks?) like it at this time of the year, as there’s always something to do, whether it is work or play.

And after a full day outdoors, painting the posts and railings on the back steps of our home, I enjoyed listening to the peaceful, serene sounds of “Solveig’s Song.” The piece is the fourth movement of the very well-known Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Opus 55, by Norwegian pianist and composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). 

Grieg wrote the suite in 1875 at the request of (also Norwegian) playwright and director Henrik Ibsen as incidental music for his 1867 play of the same title.

Now you know a little about why this is my Song of the Day for Today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio of a recording by the San Francisco Symphony under the direction of Swedish conductor Herbert Blomstedt, from an album of pieces by Grieg and Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931). This version of “Solveig’s Song” also appears on a CD compilation of music for meditation that I picked up years ago.  

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