I know that Tchaikovsky and Grieg admired each other a great deal, and
that they met in 1888.
But I am curious to know if there exists any writings where Tchaikovsky
writes about spessific pieces written by Grieg? I know for example that
Grieg's piano concerto was extremly popular in Russia, and that Grieg sent
Tchaikovsky a score of his Peer-gynt suite!
Haakon S Bakken
As far as I could determine from my sources the two composers met in
1888 and they did have a cordial relationship and did admire each others
music...I did not come across any opinion of a specific piece by
Tchaikovsky on Grieg....during that year Tchaikovsky enjoyed a performance
of Grieg's Third Violin Sonata op 40...there was no further communication
that we know of beyond the year 1888...and so they went their separate
ways....the culmination of their relationship came when Tchaikovsky
dedicated his Hamlet Overture to Grieg...another thing....the first and
major theme from the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Fifth symphony seems
to have been based on a theme from Grieg's Piano Sonata... both Symphony
and Overture were written in 1888...also at a later date Tchaikovsky did
conduct a performance of Grieg's Piano Concerto.... as for here in the
States little is known of Grieg's music other than the Piano Concerto, the
two Peer Gynt Suites, the suite From Holberg's Time....and a few of his
songs and piano pieces......
In their biography "Edvard Grieg - The Man and The Artist" (Pub.
Aschehoug & Co., p.249) the authors render some of Tchaikovsky's comments
on Grieg's style as such, which are very much to the point. The quotation
stems from Tchaikovsky's 'Autobiographical Account of a Tour Abroad in the
Year 1888', mentioned on this site:
It reveals, among other things, Tchaikovsky's admiration for Grieg's
inventiveness and freshness. In his ever so sympathetic manner,
Tchaikovsky does not praise Grieg's developments to the same extent.