Music Masters: The Stories of Schumann and Grieg

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The Music Masters series presents the lives and music of the world's great composers in an exciting, easy-to-follow format. A narrator discusses the composer's life, and specieally selected music is played--an interesting, informative way to learn more about the giants of classical music.

From the back of the CD:

THE STORIES OF SCHUMANN (1810-1856) AND GRIEG (1843-1907)


As a young man, Schumann permanently injured his hand and was forced to give up plans for a piano playing career. He became a composer instead--his loss was our gain.

Schumann was an important music critic and was among the first to recognize such giants as Chopin, Brahms, and Berlioz.

A victim of mental instability, he spent his last years in an asylum and wrote no more music. 

Grieg is Norway's most famous composer. Because his style is lyrical and because he wrote mostly for the piano, he is sometimes called "The Chopin of the North."

Norwegian folk music strongly influenced Grieg, who used national elements in his music.

Grieg enjoyed a happy home life and successful career, unlike most great composers.

Narrated by Arthur Hannes

Special bonus: Following the stories of the lives and music of Schumann and Grieg, you will hear an additional bonus of the complete Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and excerpts from Peer Gynt Suite No. 2 by Grieg.

Total playing time--72:05 Minutes