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Butterfly by Edvard Grieg

“Butterfly” is one of my favorite pieces from the Romantic era. A charming character piece, it takes flight from the very first measure in a stream of rapid sixteenth notes, weaving through two related keys.

The composer, Edvard Grieg, wrote ten sets of these colorful, descriptive miniatures that attached illuminating titles. They form a collection of Lyric Pieces.

“March of the Dwarfs,” “Little Bird,” and “Butterfly,” among others, appeal to a listener’s imagination with their lush harmonic tapestries and engaging melodies.

A heart-fluttering flight of fancy, “Butterfly” has an improvised quality that is best realized in flexible time, or tempo rubato.

How beautifully Norway’s national composer weaves this nature-inspired mosaic that uplifts the spirit as it touches the heart.


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