It was the “soundtrack music” of its day, written to underscore the live performance of a play—in this case, Edvard Grieg’s music for Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt.
Grieg was just one of many classical composers who took on the task of writing what is called “incidental music.” And in most cases, the results are far better known than the plays they were written for—often justifiably so.
In this hour, theatrical works by Purcell, Bizet, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Grieg, and Vaughan Williams.
|CD Title||Catalog #||UPC|
|Grieg: Peer Gynt||Virgin Classics 7243 5 4522 2||772435452227|
|Purcell: Overtures||Chandos CHAN 8424||501468284226|
|Schubert: Rosamunde||Deutsche Grammophon 431655-2||00028943165525|
|Beethoven : Symphony #10, etc.||Classico Class CD 472||5709644036066|
|Mendelssohn :Midsummer Night’s Dream||EMI Classics CDC 7471632||00724357498128|
|Bizet: L'Arlésienne||Collins Classics 1141-4||[none]|
|Vaughan Williams” Piano Concerto, etc.||Naxos 8.572304||747313230471|