Solveig’s Song

Since Youtube exists and since I’ve begun posting songs that go beyond beauty I thought I’d add what might be my favorite. I’ll keep posting stuff like this randomly as I find it for you music lovers.

This one used to be hard to find because it seems symphonies prefer to play it instead of letting the lady sing it. I don’t have enough musical background to know why. But for pure mood, it’s hard to find a song that captures longing as only the northern European’s can express it. This is from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt suite. As I understand it, Solveig is mourning Peer Gynt’s wanderlust, which keeps him constantly moving from one adventure to another while she is at home, literally keeping the home fire’s burning, wondering where Peer is, wondering if he’s coming home, and probably pretty certain that she isn’t first in her heart. It’s a very sad story and this music captures Solveig’s grief quite beautifully. At least I think so. What do you think?