Edvard Grieg


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
Suggestions - Grieg, Nielsen, Sibelius, Tchaikovsky / GliArchi Ensemble
Release Date: 06/10/2014   Label: Stradivarius  
Catalog: 33977   Number of Discs: 1
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Symphonic Masterworks of Grieg & Franck / Murray
Release Date: 06/10/2016   Label: Delos  
Catalog: 3525   Number of Discs: 1
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Beecham In Concert - Mozart, Grieg, Alwyn
Release Date: 06/17/2008   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 23   Number of Discs: 1
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Romantic Music For Piano Four-hands - Onslow, Grieg, Liszt, Wagner, Etc / Buccheri, Boldrey
Release Date: 04/14/2009   Label: Cedille Records  
Catalog: 7002   Number of Discs: 1
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Schumann, Grieg, Brahms, Berg / Alasdair Beatson
Release Date: 12/08/2009   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 86   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Wedding day at Trolhaugen

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  • 51.
    Fawkes, Richard: The History Of Classical Music / Robert Powell
    Label: Naxos Audio Books   Catalog: 4140 Release Date: 08/31/1999   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Hildegard of Bingen,  Alfonso X (El Sabio),  Guillaume de Machaut  ... 
    Performer:  Kasia Elsner,  Simon Weir,  Jennifer Purvis,  Richard Fawkes  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Hanspeter Gmür,  Barry Wordsworth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nova Schola Gregoriana,  In Dulci Jubilo Children's Choir,  Oxford Camerata  ... 
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  • 52.
    Grieg: Symphonic Dances, Piano Concerto, Etc / Marriner
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98128 Release Date: 10/07/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 53.
    The Grieg Collection / Eva Knardahl
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 51 Release Date: 10/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Eva Knardahl
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  • 54.
    Grieg: Lyrische Stücke / Sviatolsav Richter
    Label: Live Classics   Catalog: 442 Release Date: 04/16/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Sviatoslav Richter
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  • 55.
    Classically Romantic Piano
    Label: Michele   Catalog: 422 Release Date: 05/30/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Edvard Grieg,  Edward MacDowell  ... 
    Performer:  Valery Lloyd-Watts
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  • 56.
    The Maiden's Prayer - Leaves From Grandmother's Piano Album
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550646 Release Date: 12/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zdenék Fibich,  Christian Sinding,  Leon Jessel,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Péter Nagy,  Ilona Prunyi
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  • 57.
    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2 / Maksymiuk, Bbc Scottish So
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550864 Release Date: 06/28/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Music For A Rainy Day / Roland Pöntinen
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 300 Release Date: 03/25/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Claude Debussy,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Roland Pöntinen
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  • 59.
    Romantic Piano Favourites Vol 5 / Balázs Szokolay
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550168 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Gustav Lange,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Leon Jessel  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay
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  • 60.
    The Best Of Grieg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556658 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Adrian Leaper,  Richard Edlinger,  Alfred Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra Kosice,  Capella Istropolitana,  Camerata Cassovia  ... 
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  • 61.
    Grieg - The Piano Music In Historic Interpretations
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1809 Release Date: 12/01/1992   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Una Bourne,  Edvard Grieg,  Walter Gieseking,  Ivar Johnsen  ... 
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  • 62.
    Grieg: Works For Orchestra / Abravanel, Utah Symphony
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5048 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra
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