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Tveitt's Nordic Tower
« on: July 22, 2012, 04:21:07 AM »
Listened to some of his music for the first time today, his first piano concerto. Lovely, lyrical music full of a rather melancholic nostalgia I thought... A very fascinating piece too.

What do you think of his music? I personally am very interested to hear more of his work. :)
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« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2012, 07:19:43 AM »
I thinkhe is one of the most interesting Norwegian composers with a  particuar genius for orchestration. His folk Tunes from Hardanger (the Naxos recordings are fine) has a lot of interesting and colorful orchestration with lots of humor as well as nostalgic longing.

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Re: Tveitt's Nordic Tower
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2012, 07:29:22 AM »
I only have one CD of his piano music which is wonderful. I am curious of his orchestral music because people in the know tell me they are even better.
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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2012, 09:24:08 AM »
I thinkhe is one of the most interesting Norwegian composers with a  particuar genius for orchestration. His folk Tunes from Hardanger (the Naxos recordings are fine) has a lot of interesting and colorful orchestration with lots of humor as well as nostalgic longing.

Fromt what I have heard so far, his music certainly does sound incredibly interesting! And so far of his I have only heard his first piano concerto, which I presume is one of his earlier works, having written it at the age of 19. I wonder how (/if) his style changed over the years...
Thank you for the recommendation, I shall make sure to listen to that work that you recommend.

I only have one CD of his piano music which is wonderful. I am curious of his orchestral music because people in the know tell me they are even better.

The first piano concerto certainly is a very lovely, beautiful work. And even being the only Tveitt work I know so far, I can highly recommend it! :)
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Re: Tveitt's Nordic Tower
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2012, 09:54:10 AM »
Now listening to:

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Some really excellent, beautiful music. And what a fascinating set of pieces too! Really enjoying exploring this composer's music!
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« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2012, 07:14:31 PM »
The 4th piano concerto by Tveitt is easily my favorite work of his, particularly as played by Håvard Gimse. It is the perfect blend of his impressionist and Sibelian textures, along with that sort of Nordic Bartók sound. The brilliant orchestration combined with the ingenious piano writing is just a delight to listen to. It is easily one of the most beautiful pieces of the 20th century.
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Re: Tveitt's Nordic Tower
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2012, 02:42:53 AM »
The 4th piano concerto by Tveitt is easily my favorite work of his, particularly as played by Håvard Gimse. It is the perfect blend of his impressionist and Sibelian textures, along with that sort of Nordic Bartók sound. The brilliant orchestration combined with the ingenious piano writing is just a delight to listen to. It is easily one of the most beautiful pieces of the 20th century.
Wow - this is something I will have to listen to then! Sounds like something I would enjoy very much. :)
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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2012, 03:59:32 AM »
Just listened to the 4th piano concerto, that was absolutely amazing....  :o
A really thrilling, and hauntingly beautiful piece. I was not expecting it to be so moving!

Have really enjoyed everything I have heard of Tveitt's so far, and am becoming really enthusisatic about his music!
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Re: Tveitt's Nordic Tower
« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2012, 04:13:50 AM »
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Great fun!  ;D

And so different to his piano concerti!
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Re: Tveitt's Nordic Tower
« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2012, 04:51:22 AM »
The 4th piano concerto by Tveitt is easily my favorite work of his, particularly as played by Håvard Gimse. It is the perfect blend of his impressionist and Sibelian textures, along with that sort of Nordic Bartók sound. The brilliant orchestration combined with the ingenious piano writing is just a delight to listen to. It is easily one of the most beautiful pieces of the 20th century.
That's the Aurora Borealis concerto, right? If so I can second everything you say: a superb work that inhabits a style entirely of its own (perhaps the closest relative might be Grieg's later, more austere folk-influenced works such as Slatter). I've not heard much else by him, though the more conventional Fifth concerto impressed me less.
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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2012, 05:29:50 AM »
That's the Aurora Borealis concerto, right? If so I can second everything you say: a superb work that inhabits a style entirely of its own (perhaps the closest relative might be Grieg's later, more austere folk-influenced works such as Slatter). I've not heard much else by him, though the more conventional Fifth concerto impressed me less.

Yes, that's it - I listened to it earlier and was absolutely amazed.... an incredibly thrilling and moving work, with many magical moments.
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Re: Tveitt's Nordic Tower
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2012, 07:43:44 AM »

He used to "transfer" his name into Tverr Geit, which in Norwegian roughly means grumpy goat.

Tveitt is very much his own man. He had an intense interest in ancient modal scales and did lots of research into them.

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"Tveitt had become increasingly frustrated with the teaching in Leipzig, but found a new freedom and inspiration. Here he obtained lessons from some of the greatest and most well-known composers of the times: Arthur Honegger and Heitor Villa-Lobos both agreed to see Tveitt. He further managed to enroll in the classes of Nadia Boulanger. Tveitt also made a visit to Vienna, where he was able to study for some time with Austrian composer Egon J. Wellesz"
 
He also wrote several popular songs that became, well, very popular.

One of them is this very beautiful song:

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It has even been played by Bruce Springsteen:

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Re: Tveitt's Nordic Tower
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2012, 09:39:45 AM »
Today I've heard some of Tveitt's music for the first time, how enchanting it is! ;D I've listened to the Piano Concerto No.1, Hardanger Tunes-Suite No.1, Prillar and the Sun God Symphony, such beautiful, thrilling works! That music sounds haunting, deep and melancholic, but at the same time incredibly magical, floating and evocative; I've really appreciated the orchestration, very expressive, especially the charming use of both the strings and the woodwinds. :)

I'm very curious to listen to more by Tveitt; I would like to listen to the Piano Concerto No.4, but unfortunately there's only the second movement on youtube.....
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Re: Tveitt's Nordic Tower
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2012, 09:53:07 AM »
I'm very curious to listen to more by Tveitt; I would like to listen to the Piano Concerto No.4, but unfortunately there's only the second movement on youtube.....

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« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2012, 10:02:39 AM »
Glad to hear you are enjoying Tveitt's music, Ilaria! Wonderful description too!

Thanks, Nav, for posting that performance of the 4th piano concerto here! If you want to continue hearing Hvard Gimse's performances of the concerti, Ilaria, the 4th can be accessed here: http://classical-music-online.net/en/production/4223

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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2012, 10:11:53 AM »
Glad to hear you are enjoying Tveitt's music, Ilaria! Wonderful description too!

Thanks, Nav, for posting that performance of the 4th piano concerto here! If you want to continue hearing Hvard Gimse's performances of the concerti, Ilaria, the 4th can be accessed here: http://classical-music-online.net/en/production/4223

Hope you enjoy it, Ilaria. An amazing work!

Thank you for the link, Daniel! Yes, as a matter of fact, I really hoped to find out other Gimse's performances, I enjoyed his Piano Concerto No.1 very much!
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« Reply #17 on: July 23, 2012, 10:34:19 AM »
His performances of the concerti are absolutely excellent, I agree. The 4th PC really is absolutely amazing, I really hope you enjoy it, Ilaria. And make sure to let us know what you think! :)
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« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2012, 01:19:24 AM »
Listened to Piano Concerto No.4, such a thrilling, beautiful, work; absolutely brilliant! I really enjoyed the piano part, perfectly supported by a very well handled, colourful orchestra. I think it's my favourite of Tveitt's pieces I've listened to so far. :)
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« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2012, 04:56:58 AM »
Really glad you enjoyed his 4th piano concerto, Ilaria - I agree with everything you say, it's such an amazing work!

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