Tone Poem Tuesday

Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg wrote a concert overture, inspired by the familiar landscapes he knew around this time of year, and he titled it simply, In Autumn. That’s pretty straightforward, isn’t it? The piece is melodic and brooding in precisely the way we’d expect from the composer of one of the best piano concertos of the 19th century, or from the man who wrote “In the Hall of the Mountain King”.

In Autumn has definite rustic feel to it. Grieg seems to be writing about a more turbulent kind of fall than we usually picture when thinking of the season; but maybe he was on to something. As I write this, it’s a cold and windy day outside, and hillier locations south of where I live are reporting dustings of snow for the first time. Hmmmm.

Here is In Autumn by Edvard Grieg.

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