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TVEITT, G.: Sinfonia di soffiatori / Sinfonietta di soffiatori / Folk-tunes from Hardanger (Royal Norwegian Navy Band, Engeset)

Composer(s):Tveitt, Geirr
Artist(s) Engeset, Bjarte, Conductor • Royal Norwegian Navy Band
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral • Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Catalogue 8.572095
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This album celebrates the centenary of the birth of Geirr Tveitt, an important figure in Norwegian music, many of whose scores perished when his house burned to the ground in 1970. A student of Nadia Boulanger, and influenced by Bartók, Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky, Tveitt drew deeply from Norwegian folk music, particularly from the Hardanger district, to develop a refined and lyrical personal style that gained favour both internationally and in his homeland. This first complete edition of Tveitt’s compositions for wind instruments also includes Stig Nordhagen’s transcription of nine movements from the suites A Hundred Hardanger Tunes.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,December 2008

Forget any preconceived ideas you may have of music for wind instruments, the Norwegian composer, Geirr Tveitt, creating a completely new dimension that takes it right into the world of symphonic music. He had studied first in Leipzig, following in the footsteps of his compatriot, Grieg, but later moved to Paris where he took lessons from Honegger and Villa-Lobos. By his middle years he had become a major musical voice in Nordic circles, then tragedy struck and, at the age of 62, the larger part of his output was destroyed in a fire at his home. Few works by then had appeared in published form, and he drew on existing orchestral parts and other sources to try to rebuild his substantial output. Naxos has already issued part of that which was rescued, and now we have



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