Watchman's Song, Op. 12, No. 3
from Lyric Pieces
Edvard Grieg's Watchman's Song, Op. 12, No. 3 is part of the composer's Lyric Pieces.
Grieg composed this Watchman's Song after a performance of Shakespeare's Macbeth.
This piano piece has an A-B-A' musical form :
- A : The theme of this first section could very well depict the watchman being on the look-out (mm. 1-24)
- B : Intermezzo Spirits of the Night : Here, Grieg imitates the drums (low half-notes in the left hand) and the horns (triadic arpeggios), alternating with the watchman's frightful shivers (pianissimo arpeggios in the right hand) (mm. 25-39)
- A': Return of the first section, shortened and slightly modified (mm. 40-52)
Duration : 02:17
Source : Edvard Grieg, Lyric Pieces Op. 12 [Lyriske smastykker] (Copenhagen, 1867).
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