Al-Ghad Daily Newspaper



A Centennial Tribute to Edvard Grieg was held in cooperation with Amman Symphony Orchestra and the visiting Pianist Joachim Kwetzinsky on Wednesday 24 November 2007.


With fingers of bright Scandinavian snow, the Norwegian Pianist, Joachim Kwetzinsky gave a concert on Terra Sancta Cultural Center where he presented pieces in cooperation with Amman Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mohammed Othman Sidiq.


The concert was held on a centennial tribute to the renowned Norwegian Musician and Composer Edvard Grieg, and was organized by the National Music Conservatory in cooperation with Greater Amman Municipality and the Norwegian Embassy with support of Mezaj FM Radio station. The concert reflected the spirit of the Norwegian music in general and Grieg’s music in particular. 


The stringed instruments, Violin and Viola, Chellos, Counter bass, Harp and trumpets as well as Alexandra Krishinko instruments alternated to create the utmost harmony in a grand night of great music of the nights of the Amman Symphony Orchestra. 


Conductor Sidiq’s performance was much higher that previous performances with a higher spirit and feeling and good selection, and smart for the moments of escalation and ways of tackling the climate and the closer of the piece. 


 The Concert was held under the patronage of the Norwegian ambassador to Jordan, Mrs. Mette Ravn. 


With audience more than 350 persons, 43 members of the Orchestra and its guests participated in the concert. They all performed with harmony in addition to the expert of Amman Orchestra, which continues to hold its musical performances with high efficiency.


The Orchestra presented in the concert: Opening of Peer Gynt Suite, Holberg Suite, Sarabande, Gavotte, and Rigaudon.  Joachim Kwetzinsky played a solo piece with great performance and flexible fascinating fingers.


Those pieces included many dances inspired from French dancing music of alternative rhythms as in pieces written by Back on Piano, Sarabande dances with its three rhythms,

Gavotte dance and Rigaudon dance with its traditional leaps.


Edvard Grieg’s fame (1843-1907) starts to spread through the theatre and through music that was written specially for the play of ”Peer Gynt ” for the famous Norwegian Poet and writer Henrik Ibsen.


Grieg, was born in Bergen city on the West Norwegian cost on 15 June 1843 and died at the same city on 4 September 1907, was considered as the real Norwegian music symbol. Very few Norwegians had fame similar to Grieg in music field or music composing.


Beside the Finnish Composer Jean Sibelius and the Danish musical Carl Nielsen, Grieg is considered as the most prominent in representing the music of North Europe and Scandinavian countries. 


The charm and the vigor of his music gave him the popularity among the masses of many generations of music lovers all over the world.


Grieg’s music works were brilliant teaching literature. His famous saying was: “Each one of us should be first human because real art grows with humanity in particular”.

He studied music in Leipzig, and shifted away from Mendelssohn’s effect and learned the folk music.


His most important works in Orchestra is: Piano Concerto in A minor and the Orchestra, Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt Suite, and a Norwegian Dance. 


In Piano works:  Ballade Sole minor, Holberg Suite, three Sonatas in Violin and Piano, and one famous song “I love you”.