Works For Piano
Format: COMPACT DISC
The Norwegian composer Catharinus Elling (1858–1942) left a large and interesting body of music for the piano. The music has never previously been recorded. Now, at last, the audience can get a look into his musical world! Grieg would be a great benefactor for Elling, both musically and in a more practical sense, as he was for many Norwegian composers of Elling’s generation. Elling had his first compositions published in 1881, but held a rather low profile in Norwegian musical life in the early years of his career, save as a music critic. In 1884 he held his first concert evening with his own works, and when this was positively received, Elling mustered the courage to send some of his compositions to Grieg. It was not unusual for established composers to be sent such packages, and most of them never received an answer. The reaction from Grieg, however, was so positive that it must have surprised Elling himself.