Published Works

Document Type

Peer Reviewed Article


Music | Musicology | Other Arts and Humanities


Teresa Carreño (1853–1917) first performed Edvard Grieg’s (1843– 1907) Pictures from Folk Life, op. 19 [Folkelivsbilleder] and Piano Concerto in A Minor, op. 16, during her tours in the United States in the early 1880s. She continued to perform his works in the United States and abroad through 1914. Previously overlooked correspondence, reviews, and other primary sources, such as concert programs, housed in the Edvard Grieg Collection in the Bergen Offentlige Bibliothek, and the Teresa Carreño Collection in Archives and Special Collections of the Vassar College Libraries, are examined in this article in order to provide fresh insight and historical context of Carreño’s performance reception, as well as both her personal and professional relationship with Edvard Grieg. In addition to the correspondence between Carreño and Grieg, letters to the Viennese agent Albert J. Gutmann are also examined, and demonstrate Grieg’s preference for Carreño as soloist— despite his access to other great pianists—as well as their friendship and collegiality, choices in repertoire selection, concert preparations, and other important events in their lives.


This publication first appeared in Notes v70 n1 (2013 09 01): 37-58. This material may be used only for non-commercial purposes so long as the Author receives credit as author and the journal in which the Article has been published is cited as the source of first publication of the Article.

Recommended Citation

Kijas, Anna E. ""A Suitable Soloist for My Piano Concerto": Teresa Carreño As a Promoter of Edvard Grieg's Music." Notes. 70.1 (2013): 37-58.