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
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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Ballade: Leos Janacek, George Enescu, Edvard Grieg
Release Date: 05/27/2014   Label: Navona  
Catalog: 5952   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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Work: Peer Gynt: Morning

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  • 51.
    Norwegian Rhapsody - Grieg, Halvorsen, Etc / Aadland, Et Al
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1367 Release Date: 08/06/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Geirr Tveitt,  Eivind Groven,  Johannes Hanssen,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Eivind Aadland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stavanger Symphony Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Norwegian Classical Favourites - Grieg, Halvorsen, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557017 Release Date: 02/17/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ole Olsen,  Rikard Nordraak,  Edvard Grieg,  Christian Sinding  ... 
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iceland Symphony Orchestra
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  • 53.
    Karajan Forever - The Greatest Classical Hits
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000035202 Release Date: 06/10/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Gustav Mahler  ... 
    Performer:  Karlheinz Zöller,  Lazar Berman,  Michel Schwalbé,  Wolfgang Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Dance Of The Blessed Spirits
    Label: Secret Formula Records   Catalog: 5637494088 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach,  Gabriel Fauré,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Jeanne Tarrant
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  • 55.
    Bizet: Carmen Suite; Grieg: Peer Gynt / Slatkin
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80048 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Georges Bizet
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    The #1 Classical Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470933 Release Date: 05/14/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Luciano Pavarotti,  Nigel Kennedy,  Carlos Bonell  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Willi Boskovsky,  Julius Rudel,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Utah Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 57.
    For Your Life - For A Sunday Morning
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 470456 Release Date: 01/15/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Gustav Holst,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Thurston Dart
    Conductor:  Raymond Agoult,  Christopher Hogwood,  Willi Boskovsky,  Sir Neville Marriner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Ensemble,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 58.
    Night Music 6 - Classical Favourites For Relaxing
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556606 Release Date: 09/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  George Frideric Handel,  Anatole Liadov  ... 
    Performer:  István Székely,  Jénö Jandó,  Jozef Luptácik,  Wolf Harden  ... 
    Conductor:  Jaroslav Dvorák,  Gyula Németh,  Josef Kopelman,  Stephen Gunzenhauser  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    Flute For Relaxation - James Galway
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63711 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Traditional,  John Corigliano,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway,  Kazuhide Isomura,  Sadao Harada,  Kikuei Ikeda  ... 
    Conductor:  David Effron,  James Galway,  Charles Gerhardt,  David Measham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tokyo String Quartet members,  The Chieftains,  National Philharmonic Orchestra London  ... 
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  • 60.
    Best Of The Millennium - Top 40 Classical Hits
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463240 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Richard Wagner,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Schwalbé,  Cheryl Studer,  Mischa Maisky,  Yuli Reyentovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Norman Del Mar,  Daniel Barenboim,  Carlo Maria Giulini  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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  • 61.
    Dance Of The Blessed Spirits - Music For Flute & Harp
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554166 Release Date: 07/28/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Erik Satie,  Sir Edward Elgar,  François Joseph Gossec  ... 
    Performer:  Judy Loman,  Nora Shulman
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  • 62.
    Grieg: Piano Music Vol 4 / Einar Steen-nökleberg
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550884 Release Date: 10/24/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Einar Steen-Nökleberg
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  • 63.
    Pipe Organ Of The Mormon Tabernacle / Clay Christiansen
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11044 Release Date: 10/10/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  J. T. White,  Traditional,  Julius Reubke  ... 
    Performer:  Clay Christiansen
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  • 64.
    Discover The Classics Volume 1
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550035-36 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Johann Pachelbel,  Carl Orff,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Gilbert Rowland,  Norbert Kraft,  Klára Körmendi,  Graciela Alperyn  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Edlinger,  Stephen Gunzenhauser,  Andrew Mogrelia,  Nicholas Ward  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Chorus,  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 65.
    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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