Art in the Concert Hall Edvard Grieg

Bronze bust from 1950 depicting the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), by Arnold Haukeland (1920-1983). Placed in the Götaplats foyer.

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.

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.

Arnold Haukeland (1920-1983)

Norwegian sculptor who has made himself known as one of the foremost representatives of abstract sculpture in post-war Norway

43 x 29 x 26 cm (hxdxb)

© Arnold Haukeland /BUS 2009