Piano performance has always been a part of my life. For a while, I was disconnected with it due to the unexpected public health crisis and various other issues in my personal life. This “Notturno” by Edvard Grieg was the piece to get me back on a stage, after four years. As a result, it is very close to my heart. This piece brings to mind nostalgia, like you’re remembering a fond memory, though slightly fuzzy due to time. Although I am sure I drove my family mad playing this piece over and over, I always enjoy hearing it again.
Romantic pieces have always been a favorite of mine, mostly Chopin, Schumann, and now, Grieg. Notturno is a unique piece, almost feeling impressionistic at times. Grieg’s unique Norwegian style makes this piece even more entertaining to hear. I very much enjoyed learning and playing it, even if it made me want to throw something at times. The payoff was certainly worth it.
The first time I heard this piece, I wanted to master it. The unique rhythm and flowing melodies drew me to it. The piece provides much opportunity for expression. My recommendation for anyone who wants to learn this piece is to take it slow. The notes themselves aren’t difficult, but the rhythm can be frustrating. Each section is equally important and interesting, and it makes for a beautiful narrative that is rewarding to conquer.