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SHORT TAKES : Rare Grieg Compositions Played

December 06, 1990| From Times Wire Services

OSLO — A never-published dance that Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg withdrew from his orchestral masterpiece "Peer Gynt" was performed for the first time Wednesday, more than 100 years after it was written.

Also played at the concert were three rare piano pieces that Grieg composed when he was 17 years old and dedicated to a Swedish sweetheart.

Music lovers paid $86--nearly four times the usual Oslo concert-hall price--to hear the Grieg works at a benefit for a proposed $172-million opera house. The 1,400-seat hall was almost full.

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