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Edvard Grieg:
Incidental Music

Incidental music creates a mood, or illustrates the action for what is going on in a play, movie or television show.

Music heard in this episode:
Grieg: Peer Gynt - Morning Mood
Williams: E.T. - Flying Theme
Purcell: The Indian Queen
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Beethoven: Egmont
Schubert: Rosamunde
Copland: Our Town
Grieg: Peer Gynt - In the Hall of the Mountain King

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

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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. Which piece of incidental music did Felix Mendelssohn write?

The Indian Queen

A Midsummer Nights Dream

Hary Janos

Rhapsody in Blue

2.Edvard Grieg composed incidental music for which play?

Romeo and Juliet

Peer Gynt

Our Town


3. Incidental music has been written for movies such as ET and Our Town.




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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