Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) Home-loving romantic from Norway

Grieg was born in Bergen and studied in Leipzig 1858-1862, then worked as a pianist and conductor in his home country (he founded a music association in Oslo in 1871), from the 1880s also abroad since he has been internationally regarded as a composer.

His production includes a large number of lyrical pieces for piano, songs, orchestral suites, music for plays such as Ibsen’s Peer Gynt, the often played piano concerto in A minor, the melodrama Bergljot and chamber music. There is a weightlessness and a twist in Grieg’s music that makes it go straight in. Good examples are the hit songs from Peer Gynt: Anitra’s dance, Morning mood, Solveig’s song, In Bergakungen’s hall… it’s hard to sit still.

After a successful career, he had to step down for health reasons and when his heart could no longer bear it, he past away. His funeral in 1907 was worthy of a national saint and gathered tens of thousands of people.

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Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) had a divine sense of melody and as a skilled craftsman could create an enchanted mood or a sensual intoxication in just a few moments, with seemingly simple methods.

Grieg lived in a turning point when Norway was creating and formulating its own identity after living for centuries in the shadow of Denmark and Sweden – a fascinating period of constant development where he influenced and was affected to the same extent.

The encyclopedia tells us about his art: “Two national features characterize Grieg’s music and make him a national romantic: Norwegian folk music and Norwegian nature. Fjords, mountains and the vast expanses, the rhythm of Norwegian folk music was woven into Grieg’s works. ” And he was proud of that in his soul, the Norwegian with the hat, the drooping mustache and the sad eyes.

Grieg become 64 years old.


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