EDVARD GRIEG • HAUGTUSSA OP.67 • Claire Booth & Lefki Karpodini

Haugtussa, Op. 67, or The Mountain Maid, is a song cycle for soprano and piano composed by Edvard Grieg in 1895 and published in 1898. The text was written by the Norwegian writer Arne Garborg, It tells the story of Haugtussa, a young herding girl, and her first love affair with a boy, her first heartache. Both the lyrics, which brim over with imagery of gurgling brooks and tasty blueberries, and the music that mimics this imagery, intertwine the main character’s personal story and the mystic spring-like landscape that surrounds her, which may even motivate it.

Claire Booth, soprano
Lefki Karpodini, piano

Live recording, London, 2002