Grieg - En Svane
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Marita Solberg sings "En Svane(A Swan)"
op 25 no 2 by Edvard Grieg
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Ole Kristian Ruud, conductor
The Life and Works of Edvard Grieg: A Lecture Recital April 18, 2011, FAC 214 Leah Kennedy, soprano
In this song, we visit the subject of death.
The text of “En Svane” (A Swan) refers to a silent swan who only sings at the moment of its death. The poet feels cheated because he never hears the swan’s beautiful song, but realizes that the serenity of the swan is what makes it so mysterious and enchanting. Grieg beautifully illustrates the swan’s stillness in the mood of this song.