The workshops aiming at the interpretation of Edward Grieg's music took place on 23rd November 2015 in the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. Under the supervision of the outstanding musicians: Beryl Foster – soprano, Hilde Haraldsen Sveen – soprano and Einar Rřttingen – the piano, the students of the conservatories from all around Poland were working on two Greg's songs. The workshop was ended by the concert that included the vocal compositions of the Norwegian composer. The participants were delighted with the possibility to work with the specialists and hoped that the exquisite vocal work of Grieg, still unknown in Poland, should definitely be involved in the concert program.


The conference "Edward Grieg and His Times" held on 24th November 2015 gathered outstanding musicians and musicologists along with those specialized in the Grieg's creative output. After the official opening done by Prof. Tomasz Miczka, the chancellor of the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice, the audience was introduced into the composer's biography by Prof. Patrick Dinslage from the Berlin Univerity of the Arts. Next, Prof. Arvid Vollsnes from the University of Oslo gave a speech about Edward Grieg's position in the pantheon of the Norwegian 19th- and 20th-century composers. Further, two lectures dealt with the vocal works of the Norwegian composer. Beryl Foster, the chairperson of the London Grieg Society of Great Britain, presented his greatest achievements in the field of the solo song while Dr Jorma Daniel Lünenbürger from Potsdam focused on the composer's songs written for the German texts. The last lecture of the morning session was given by Prof. Patrick Dinslage who along with the pianist Prof. Heide Görtz from the Berlin Univerity of the Arts performed Grieg's piano compositions in correlation to the Norwegian landscape and Norwegian paintings from the 19th- and 20th-century. Prof. Markéta Štefková from the Academy of Music of Bratislava started the afternoon session with the comparison of the Grieg's Norwegian idiom with the compositions of the Czech 20th-centry artist Leoša Janáčka. Later on, Prof. Einar Rřttingen from the Bergen Grieg's Academy presented the innovative Greig's solo piano compositions opus 66. The unknown relationships of Edward Grieg with Poland and the Polish people were investigated by Dr Dagmara Łopatowska-Romsvik from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and Dr Wojciech Stępień from the Academy of Music in Katowice raised the topic of the perception of the Grieg's music in Poland. It was commonly agreed that the Edward Grieg's music is still unfamiliar in Poland and therefore the opportunity to organize such a conference in Katowice is a precious input into the composer's popularization. The foreign speakers were impressed by the perfectly organized "Edward Grieg and His Times" event and thrilled with the Gothic Revival facility of the Academy, especially with the renovated historic Bolesław Szabelski Auditorium. The Karol Szymanowski Academic Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Michał Klauz was appreciated as well after the daring performance of Edward Grieg's Peer Gynt Suites given during the evening concert.


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