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Edvard Grieg:
Other Scandinavian Composers

Music by composers from the three official Scandinavian countries -- Norway, Denmark and Sweden -- and a couple of unofficial ones -- Finland and Iceland!

Music heard in this episode:
Alfven: Vallflickans Dans (Dance of the Shepherdesses)
Wiren: Serenade for Strings
Nielsen: Maskarade Overture
Gade: Nordic Tone Pictures
Kuhlau: Trillingsbrodrene Overture
Sibelius: Finlandia
Leifs: Geysir
Halvorsen: Entry March of the Boyars
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
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 country is NOT in Scandinavia?





2.Who wrote the famous Finnish piece called Finlandia?

Johann Sebastian Bach

Friedrich Kuhlau

Jean Sibelius

Niels Gade

3. The most important Danish composer of the 19th century was

Niels Gade

Felix Mendelssohn

Ludvig Holberg

Claude Debussy


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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