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Edvard Grieg:
Halloween Music

Appropriately spooky classical music for Halloween.

Music heard in this episode:
Grieg: March of the Trolls
Gounod: Funeral March of a Marionette
Liszt: Totentanz
Saint-Saens: Danse Macabre
Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries
Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel – Witch’s Ride
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Grieg: Peer Gynt – In the Hall of the Mountain King

Other shows about Edvard Grieg:
About Edvard Grieg
Incidental Music
The Story of Peer Gynt
Other Scandinavian Composers

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About Edvard Grieg
6/15/1843 - 9/4/1907
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.

See other composers born in Norway


This Week's Quiz:

1. Who wrote the Funeral March of a Marionette?

Charles Gounod

Franz Liszt

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Camille Saint-Saens

2.A famous opera by Engelbert Humperdinck is


Hansel and Gretel

The Magic Flute

William Tell

3. Which piece was written by Modest Mussorgsky?

Ride of the Valkyries

Night on Bald Mountain


Infernal Dance


Edvard Grieg
In the Hall of the Mountain King

Composed in 1875
Performed by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Jerzy Maksymiuk, conductor

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