Christian Sinding's six Piano Pieces Op. 32 have become world famous due to third piece Rustle of Spring. Sinding's music combines late-Romantic tonal charm with mysterious Nordic cadences, also typical of Edvard Grieg or Niels W. Gade. The sometimes virtuosic character does not rival the complexity of Franz Liszt, meaning some pieces remain within the grasp of the advanced pupil. The whole opus, available in the original version for the first time, is based on a critical comparison of the first edition with the composer's autograph. The six pieces are each of a different character and level of difficulty. For both music lessons and concert performances, they are a welcome addition to the late 19th century piano repertoire.
Sinding's music combines late-Romantic tonal charm with mysterious Nordic cadences. The six pieces are each of a different character and level of difficulty. They are a welcome addition to both music lessons and concert performances.
Mysterious Nordic Inflections
• Christian Sinding’s opus with the famous ‘Rustle of Spring’
• A varied repertoire for study and performance
• Pieces with varying technical demands
• For the first time in an Urtext edition
This volume offers the comeback of yet another Iong-lost composer, and further volumes of his 24 piano salon pieces are eagerly awaited.
Piano Journal Issue 106, 2015 (Nadia Lasserson)
Intermediate to advanced pianists will find plenty to enjoy and explore in this volume. One can only hope that this marks the beginning of a journey into the piano repertoire of this neglected Norwegian composer.
Piano Professional Issue 40, Spring 2016 (Melvyn Cooper)