Einar Røttingen
in English på norsk


The Grieg Academy




Einar Røttingen
Establishing a Norwegian Piano Tradition:
Interpretive aspects of Edvard Grieg’s Ballade op.24, Geirr Tveitt’s Sonata no.29 op.129 and Fartein Valen’s Sonata no.2 op.38

The theme of this dissertation is three important Norwegian piano works. The dissertation includes a main text, a recording and a critical/practical edition of Valen’s Sonata no.2 op.38. By using a musicological/analytical and artistic approach, this dissertation aims to create a greater understanding for these three works as a part of a Norwegian and continental European piano tradition. The main text investigates the contents of the music and how the works are built. It looks at the performance indications in the score and performance practice traditions (historical recordings). References and allusions to other works in the same genres and to similar piano styles are discussed. By looking at possible autobiographical and metaphorical allusions, the dissertation aims at finding an understanding for the works’ origin and meaning. The critical and practical edition contributes for the first time to correct errors and unclear readings of the existing edition and presents a possible realization of Valen’s incomplete score. The main text also includes general criteria for the interpretative choices on the CD.

This PhD dissertation is currently being translated into English and will be available in the near future. Contact the author for more information. The CD “Norwegian Variations”, which is part of the dissertation, can be purchased separately (see recordings).

The Norwegian version of the dissertation can be obtained through The Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo:

Avhandling for graden Ph.D.
Norges Musikkhøgskole, Oslo, 2006
ISSN 0333-3760
ISBN 82-7853-043-2