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March of the Trolls

By Edvard Grieg

Concert Band - Grade 3
Composed by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Arranged by Brian Beck. Concert Band; Performance Music Ensemble; Single Titles; SmartMusic. Alfred Concert Band. Form: March; Transcription. Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic. Score. 24 pages. Duration 3:48. Alfred Music #00-33859S. Published by Alfred Music (AP.33859S).

Item Number: AP.33859S


Edvard Grieg (1843--1907) is best known for his eternally popular Piano Concerto in A Minor, as well as more than 150 songs and 66 lyric pieces. March of the Trolls is from his Lyric Pieces, Op. 54. Trolls are a constant theme in Norwegian folklore and can be viewed as the equivalent of our "boogie man." Far to the north in Norway where the winter storms whip the weather-beaten coasts, you will find dark forests with moonlit lakes, deep fjords surrounded by mighty snowcapped mountains, and long rivers and cold streams cascading down the mountain sides. This is where you might find the irritable, short-tempered trolls coming out of their hiding places after sunset, marching to wreck havoc on unsuspecting Norwegian households. Wait and see what your audience will do when the Trolls march up and down the aisles of your next concert! This title is available in SmartMusic. (3:48).

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  • April 06, 2013 Great Band Piece, But Actually Part of a Suite

    "March of the Trolls" is well known and frequently performed by school bands. It’s great for intermediate bands and is a real crowd pleaser. It is not technically challenging. Dynamics, articulation, and phrasing are key. This is a fine rehearsing and conducting score. Originally written as a piano piece...

    by Grieg, it was released with 5 other pieces as part of Grieg's Opus 54, one of ten such groupings of 66 "lyric pieces" for piano. Anton Seidl arranged four of the six pieces in Opus 54 for the New York Philharmonic in 1894 and called it "Norwegian Suite". Grieg re-orchestrated the suite in 1904 and re-ordered the movements, substituting "The Shepherd Boy" for "Bell-ringing". "Lyric Suite" contains "The Shepherd Boy", "Norwegian March", "Notturno", and "March of the Trolls". "March of the Trolls" has the largest orchestration. In fact, as arranged by Grieg, each movement of "Lyric Suite" contains more musical voices than the previous.

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