Grieg: Solveig’s Song (from Peer Gynt)


Grieg’s yearning Solveig’s Song (from ‘Peer Gynt’) has a striking simplicity and is rooted in Norwegian folk song.  Beautiful for wind quintet.

  • Instruments : Fl. Ob. Cl.(in A) Hn. Bsn.
  • Difficulty : C – approx. ABRSM Grade 5
  • Duration : 3’30
  • ISMN : 979-0-708141-29-7
  • Portus Press reference : PPQ72


Solveig’s Song forms part of the incidental music that the Norwegian composer Grieg (1843-1907) wrote – at the request of the playwright himself – for Ibsen’s 1867 play, Peer Gynt..

The long-suffering Solveig is devoted to Peer and she sings the song just as he – once more – abandons her.  As she sits at the spinning wheel, she sings that although the years may pass she knows that he will come back to her – and that she will find her waiting for him, just as she promised.

The yearning melody of Solveig’s Song has a striking simplicity and it is the only one of his songs strongly influenced by folk-music: it is also easily the most often performed.

Following the success of Peer Gynt  Grieg later extracted eight movements to form two four-movement orchestral suites containing some of Grieg’s best loved music.  Solveig’s Song provides a poignant end to the second suite.

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