Grieg music found

MORE THAN 40 hitherto unknown works by Peer Gynt composer Edward Grieg have been discovered by a researcher tucked inside some old study books.

The discovery, announced yesterday by Willhelms University in Munster, is unprecedented because of the huge number of works involved, largely piano and organ compositions.

However, some experts believe they could amount to little more than student doodles by the young Grieg as part of his homework at the Leipzig Conservatoire.

The works, written between 1858 and 1862, are said to be more baroque than the romantic traits eschewed by Grieg in his later life.

But, according to Warwick University's director of music, Colin Touchin, they tally with Grieg's early student days.