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
Grieg, Thommessen & Sibelius: String Quartets / Engegard Quartet
Release Date: 03/11/2016   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 2101   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Complete Music for String Quartet / Kontra Quartet
Release Date: 10/12/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 543   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Holberg Suite, Erotikk, Elegiac Melodies / Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 03/13/2012   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1877   Number of Discs: 1
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Grieg: Peer Gynt Suites & 4 Norwegian Dances / Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra
Release Date: 04/08/2016   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186231   Number of Discs: 1
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Tchaikovsky & Grieg: Piano Concertos / Kozhukhin, Sinaisky
Release Date: 04/08/2016   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186566   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Peer Gynt: Hall of the mountain king

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    Listen, Learn & Grow - Playtime - Fun & Games
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8555812 Release Date: 08/20/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adolphe Adam,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Balázs Szokolay,  Péter Nagy,  Gerald Garcia
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  István Bogár,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Keith Brion  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    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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  • 28.
    Mommy And Me - Adventures In Classics - Classical Daydreams
    Label: Madacy Records   Catalog: 983 Release Date: 05/09/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Schmalfuss,  Bernard Braunholz,  Wolfgang Bartels,  Erich Sichermann  ... 
    Conductor:  Noram Sattler,  Bystrik Rezucha,  Martin Sieghart,  Alfred Scholz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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  • 29.
    World Of Classics - Scandinavian Classical Music
    Label: Columbia River Entertainment   Catalog: 1169 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Andreas Düben,  Jean Sibelius,  Christian Sinding  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Jeschko,  Marian Lapansky,  Helmuth Rilling,  Isabel Mourao  ... 
    Conductor:  Bystrik Rezucha,  Libor Pesek,  Fritz Mareczek,  Albert Hartmann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra,  Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra,  South German Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    Classics From The Crypt
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61238 Release Date: 09/08/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Hector Berlioz,  Franz Liszt,  Edvard Grieg  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy,  Georges Prętre,  Fritz Reiner,  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra members  ... 
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  • 32.
    Fright Night - Music That Goes Bump In The Night
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters   Catalog: 45530 Release Date: 07/01/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Franz Liszt,  Charles Ives,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Söderström,  Gilbert Kalish,  E. Power Biggs,  Lorin Maazel
    Conductor:  John Pritchard,  Eugene Ormandy,  Lorin Maazel,  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  New York String Quartet  ... 
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    Chiller / Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80189 Release Date: 08/10/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  Jerry Goldsmith,  John Addison,  Bernard Herrmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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