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Peer Gynt Op 46 No.2 Ase's Death Grieg Help Opus Details
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Grieg's 2 "Peer Gynt" suites are taken from his incidental music to a play (or rather a "dramatic poem") by Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen. This poem is fiercely romantic, typical of the 19th century literature of the time, and also strongly nationalistic, built around Norwegian folklore. Grieg wrote the music between 1874 and 1876.
The story's hero (or villain, depending on your point of view), Peer Gynt was born to a fanatic, infirm mother and a drunkard spendthrift father. He is driven out into the wide world where he leads a wayward life, drinking, deceiving and even raping his betrothed. After lots of adventures with trolls and bestial creatures, and his better self experiencing a genuine pure love for a maiden, Solvejg, his conscience drives him home.
Here he meets his aged mother, Ase, who is on her deathbed. Peer Gynt alleviates her pain somewhat by telling her all sorts of invented fairy tales. Grieg's music "Ase's Death" accompanies this part of Ibsen's story.
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Time Signature 4 /4 Key Signature   B Minor Play MP3 using player below.

1    Peer Gynt Op 46 No 2 'Ase's Death'
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