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Edvard Grieg:
About Edvard Grieg


Edvard Grieg was from a music-loving Norwegian family. In addition to becoming the leading Scandinavian composer of his day, Grieg became a big supporter of Norwegian arts and culture.

Music heard in this episode:
Grieg: Lyric Pieces - Wedding Day at Troldhaugen
Grieg: In Autumn
Grieg: Butterfly
Grieg: Brooklet
Grieg: God Morgen
Grieg: Piano Concerto in a minor
Grieg: Holberg Suite
Grieg: Peer Gynt - In the Hall of the Mountain King

Other shows about Edvard Grieg:
Incidental Music
The Story of Peer Gynt
Other Scandinavian Composers
Halloween Music

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About Edvard Grieg
6/15/1843 - 9/4/1907
Born in Norway

Edvard Grieg was born in Bergen, a seaport in Norway. His first music teacher was his mother, who was a wonderful pianist. Many members of the Grieg family were musical, so Edvard's parents didn't object when he wanted to be a musician when he grew up.

As a teenager, Edvard was sent to study at the best music conservatory in Europe -- in Leipzig, Germany. After he graduated, Grieg spent time in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he met and married his cousin Nina, who was a singer.

Grieg had an active career as a pianist, giving concerts all over Europe. But every summer, he came back to Norway to compose. He became a great champion of Norwegian music, art and theater, which is why the great Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen asked Grieg to write music for his play Peer Gynt.

See other composers born in Norway

 

This Week's Quiz:

1. Edvard Grieg came from what country?

Norway

Sweden

Denmark

Finland


2.Grieg studied music in which city?

Paris, France

London, England

Leipzig, Germany

Rome, Italy


3. Which instrument did Grieg play?

violin

piano

flute

trumpet

clarinet



 

Edvard Grieg
In the Hall of the Mountain King


Composed in 1875
Performed by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Jerzy Maksymiuk, conductor

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