Edvard Grieg

Biography

Born: 1843   Died: 1907   Country: Norway   Period: Romantic
Composer Edvard Grieg, the icon of Norwegian music, left his home in Bergen, Norway to study at the conservatory in Leipzig. There he began his formal musical education under the auspices of Ignaz Moscheles (piano) and Carl Reinecke (composition). While in school, the young composer saw the premiere of his first work, his String Quartet in D minor, performed in Karlshamn, Sweden. Despite being diagnosed with a form of tuberculosis, which left him Read more with only one functioning lung, Grieg graduated from the conservatory in 1862. The composer had an intense desire to develop a national style of composition, but recognized the importance of becoming well versed in the work of the European masters, and consequently relocated to Copenhagen, studying with Niels Gade. He was thus able to remain in Scandanavia, while working in a thriving cultural center. In 1867 against his family's better judgment, Grieg married his cousin Nina Hagerup, a talented pianist, but whose vocal abilities enchanted the composer even more. Shortly after their wedding, the couple moved to Oslo, where Grieg supported them by teaching piano and conducting. He and his wife traveled extensively throughout Europe and it was during a period of time spent in Denmark, the composer wrote his landmark opus, the Piano Concerto in A minor. The premiere was given in 1869, with Edmund Neupert as the soloist. The piece was received with an enthusiasm that would attach itself to the composer's reputation for the remainder of his career.

Grieg admired his literary contemporaries and forged a productive partnership with Bjötjerne Björnson, playwright and poet, with whom he staged performances of such works as Before a Southern Convert, and Bergliot. While Björnson struggled with his output, Grieg met and befriended Henrik Ibsen. The forthcoming collaboration would prove significant for both, as Grieg would supply incidental music to Ibsen's Peer Gynt. The premiere was performed to critical acclaim and eventually led to Grieg's scoring of Peer Gynt into Suites 1 and 2 (1888 and 1893 respectively).

As a result of the success of Peer Gynt, Grieg enjoyed tremendous celebrity and continued to travel extensively, often meeting internationally renowned composers such as Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Liszt, among others. In addition to a grant he was awarded in 1874, Grieg was able to earn the majority of his money by adhering to a vigorous schedule of recital tours. He served briefly as the music director of the Bergen Symphony Orchestra, and from 1880-1882, held the same position at the Bergen Harmonien. In 1885, Grieg and his wife relocated once again, this time to his native Bergen, Norway, where he built their celebrated home, Troldhaugen. The property, a popular tourist destination to this day, features a secondary building overlooking the water, which the composer used as his work area, as he could only work in solitude. He and his wife summered in Norway and departed each fall for European tours that would last the remainder of the year. Grieg also conducted extensively throughout his country.

Grieg was adored wherever he traveled and lived at a pace that would eventually catch up with him. Grieg died of chronic fatigue, with much credit given to his lifelong health problems, in his hometown of Bergen.

Norway's most famous composer, dedicated his career to the pursuit of a national sound. The respect he had for his predecessors illustrates the sincerity with which he worked towards this goal. He wrote in the Romantic tradition with, in his own words, the determination to "create a national form of music, which could give the Norwegian people an identity." Read less
Tchaikovsky, Grieg: Piano Concertos / Stewart Goodyear
Release Date: 06/10/2014   Label: Steinway & Sons  
Catalog: 30035   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Olav Trygvason; Landkjenning; Sigurd Jorsalfar / Engeset, Malmo Symphony
Release Date: 11/19/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8573045   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Alba  
Catalog: 356   Number of Discs: 1
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Edvard Grieg: Complete Symphonic Works, Vol. 4
Release Date: 10/14/2014   Label: Audite  
Catalog: 92670   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg, Mendelssohn: Psalms / Kvam, Oslo Cathedral Choir
Release Date: 08/14/2012   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5171   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Peer Gynt Suite no 2, Op. 55: no 4, Solvejg's Song

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    Aria Cantilena / Harjanne, Finnish Radio String Quintett
    Label: Pilfink Records   Catalog: 107 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    Top 50 Favourite Classical Chillout Tunes
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94659 Release Date: 03/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
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    Karajan Adagio: Music To Free Your Mind
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001805202 Release Date: 03/05/2013   Number of Discs: 2
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    Meditation: The Most Beautiful Classical Melodies
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81441 Release Date: 10/16/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christoph W. Gluck,  Erik Satie,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Hoeppner,  Erica Goodman,  Robert Aitken,  Akira Eguchi  ... 
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    Candle Night Classics
    Label: Intergroove   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Borodin,  Georges Bizet,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
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    The Nordic Experience
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4671621 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Christian Sinding,  Jean Sibelius,  Erkki Melartin  ... 
    Performer:  Karita Mattila,  Izumi Tateno,  Harald Aadland,  Jon Wien Sonstebo  ... 
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    Embrace / Seunghee Lee
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 577 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Gabriel Fauré,  Gabriel Pierné,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 56028 Release Date: 08/12/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Lew Pollack,  Traditional,  Charles Gounod,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
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    Till Solveig / Karen Vourc'h, Susan Manoff
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 2 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg,  Ture Rangström,  Jean Sibelius
    Performer:  Karen Vourc'h,  Susan Manoff
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    After A Dream
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 710 Release Date: 02/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gordon Young,  Carl Nielsen,  Christoph Ernst F. Weyse,  Waldemar Ahlen  ... 
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    Label: Northquest   Catalog: 315001 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
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    Top 100 Favorite Classical Melodies
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94027 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Georges Bizet,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
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    The Voices Of Living Stereo Vol 2 / Lanza, Price, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68167 Release Date: 03/11/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Franz Schubert,  Gustav Mahler,  Hector Berlioz  ... 
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    Dreams / Ophelie Gaillard
    Label: Aparte   Catalog: 1 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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    Conductor:  Tim Redmond
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    Winter Solstice: Beautiful Music For Solitude And Reflection
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 859120 Release Date: 06/23/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Alexander Glazunov,  Franz Liszt,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
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    It Takes Two / Duo Concertante
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81401 Release Date: 05/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Clifford Crawley,  Giacomo Puccini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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    The Essential Edvard Grieg
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 9749143 Release Date: 03/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
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    Meditation: Classics For Relaxation
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4777525 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé,  Mischa Maisky,  Patrick Gallois,  Matt Haimovitz  ... 
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    Silent Reflection 1: Serene Classics
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4777527 Release Date: 11/10/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edvard Grieg,  Joaquin Rodrigo  ... 
    Performer:  Christer Thorvaldsson,  Göran Söllscher,  Martha Argerich,  Nicanor Zabaleta  ... 
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    Masters Of Classical Music Vol 6 / Vassil Kazandjeiv, Sofia So
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 248 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Johann Pachelbel,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Conductor:  Vassil Kazandjiev
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    André Rieu In Wonderland
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17699 Release Date: 04/01/2008  
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Max Steiner,  Edvard Grieg,  George Gershwin  ... 
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    Andre Rieu In Wonderland - Collector's Edition
    Label: Denon Records   Catalog: 17709 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Frank Churchill,  André Rieu,  Robert Stolz  ... 
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    Classic Highlights: Dvorak, Chopin, Strauss, Mozart, Beethoven
    Label: Bell'art   Catalog: 768075 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Georges Bizet,  George Gershwin,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
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    Clair De Lune - Romantic Classical Showpieces / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35039 Release Date: 03/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Rudolf Sieczynski,  Johannes Brahms,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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    Best Of Basics
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 4917 Release Date: 12/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
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