March of the Dwarfs by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Edited by Maurice Hinson. For Piano. Masterworks; Piano Solo; Solo. Alfred Masterwork Edition. Form: March. Masterwork; Romantic. Late Intermediate. 12 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.6398).
ISBN 0739005251. Masterwork; Romantic.
From Grieg's "Lyric Pieces," Op. 54, this well-known and descriptive 1891 composition was written after the composer's trip to the Jotunheimen mountains in Norway, and is meant to portray mystical nocturnal creatures swarming about "with much boisterous activity." Written in D minor, the dynamic tone painting ranges from a whisper all the way up to a thunderous marching chorus of multitudes of marching dwarves, contrasted by a peaceful, idyllic and folksong-like middle section.