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Composers

Edvard Grieg

June 15, 1843 - September 04, 1907

Romantic Period

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.


Music by Grieg:

The Peer Gynt Suite: In the Hall of the Mountain King

Duration: 2:37
Composed in 1875 (Romantic Period)
Performed by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Jerzy Maksymiuk, conductor


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 Classics For Kids

Composers

Edvard Grieg

June 15, 1843 - September 04, 1907

Romantic Period

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.


Music by Grieg:

The Peer Gynt Suite: In the Hall of the Mountain King

Duration: 2:37
Composed in 1875 (Romantic Period)
Performed by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Jerzy Maksymiuk, conductor


Shows about Grieg:

 

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