“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.