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Edvard Grieg

Artist: Edvard Grieg 
Born:1843, Bergen
Died:1907, Bergen
Summary:Norwegian composer who often used folk elements from his native land. Popular works inlcude the instrumental music to Peer Gynt
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In the Hall of the Mountain King (Peer Gynt)
Morning from Peer Gynt
Anitrs dance from Peer Gynt
 
 


Edvard Grieg Biography


Edvard Hagerup Grieg (June 15, 1843–September 4, 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is most known for his piano concerto in A minor, and for his incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt.

Edvard Grieg
Edvard Grieg
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Biography

Grieg was born in Bergen, and was of partial Scottish descent. His great-grandfather immigrated to Norway around 1770, and settled as a businessman in Bergen. Edvard was brought up in a musical home. His mother, Gesine, became his first piano teacher.

In the summer of 1858, Grieg met the legendary Norwegian violinist Ole Bull, who was a friend of the family and Gesine's brother-in-law. Bull noticed the 15-year-old boy's talent and persuaded his parents to allow him to go to Leipzig to study.

Grieg attained numerous concerts in Leipzig, but disliked the dicipline of the conservatory and found it little inspiring. In the spring of 1860, he caught a life-threatening lounge disease. The year after, he made his debut as a concert pianist, in Karlshamn, Sweden. The next year he finished his studies in Leipzig, and held his first concert in his hometown Bergen.

In 1863, Grieg went to Copenhagen, Denmark, and stayed there for three years. He met the Danish composers J. P. E. Hartman and Niels Gade. He also met his fellow Norwegian composer Rikard Nordraak who became a very dear friend and great inspiration source to Grieg. Nordraak died shortly after, and Grieg composed a funeral march in his honor.

On June 11, 1867, Grieg married his first cousin, Nina Hagerup, whom he had also met in Copenhagen. Marriages between cousins were quite common at that time. The next year, their daughter and only child, Alexandra, was born. The following summer, Grieg wrote his famous piano concerto while on vacation in Denmark. Edmund Neupert gave the concerto its premiere performance in Copenhagen. Grieg himself couldn't be there due to commitments conducting in Christiania (Oslo).

In the summer of 1869, Alexandra caught ill and died 13 months old. Edvard and Nina went to Rome and was invited to meet the enthusiastic Franz Liszt, who expressed his appreciation for Grieg's piano concerto, and even sight read it.

Edvard Grieg died in the autumn of 1907, after a long period of illness. The funeral drew thousands out on the streets of his hometown to honor the artist. He was 64.

Music

Grieg is noted as a nationalist composer, drawing inspiration from Norwegian folk music. Early works include a symphony and a piano sonata. He also wrote three sonatas for piano and violin, and his many short pieces for piano — often built on Norwegian folk tunes and dances — led some to call him the Chopin of the north.

Among Grieg's best-known pieces are his piano concerto in A minor, the Holberg Suite (for string orchestra), and ten volumes of Lyric Pieces (for piano). He is also well known for his incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt, especially for Morning Mood and In the Hall of the Mountain King.

Grieg's music in popular culture

Morning Mood was a favorite of Carl Stalling who often used it for morning establishing shots in Warner Bros. cartoons. In the Hall of the Mountain King was famously used in the 1931 film M, in which Peter Lorre's character, a serial killer who preys on children, whistles it. The first movement of Grieg's piano concerto is used in Adrian Lyne's 1997 film Lolita.

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"Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16" "(Piano Duet). By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Edited by Percy Aldridge Grainger. For solo piano and solo piano (orchestral reduction). Piano. Senior Class piece for the Piano Concerto event with the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Festivals Bullet

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Complete Lyric Pieces (Centennial Edition) "(Piano Solo). By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). For solo piano. Piano Collection. Classical Period. SMP Level 8 (Early Advanced). Collection. Standard notation, fingerings and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). 216 pages. G. Schirmer #LB

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Complete Lyric Pieces For Piano "By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). For solo piano. Piano Collection. Dover Edition. Classical Period. SMP Level 6 (Late Intermediate). Collection. Standard notation, fingerings and introductory text (does not include words to the songs). 211 pages. Published b

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Piano Concerto By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). For two pianos four-hands. Classical Period. Difficulty: medium. Piano duet score (2 copies necessary for performance). Duet notation. Opus 16. 65 pages. Published by Edition Peters

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Grieg & Mendelssohn: Complete Works For Piano (Version 2.0) (CD Sheet Music). By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) and Felix Bartholdy Mendelssohn (1809-1847). CD Sheet Music (Version 2.0). CD-ROM. CD Sheet Music #30400012. Published by CD Sheet Music

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In the Hall of the Mountain King By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Arranged by Martha Mier. For Piano. Masterworks; Piano Solo; Solo. Simply Classics Solos. Masterwork Arrangement; Romantic. Late Elementary. Sheet. 4 pages. Published by Alfred Music Publishing

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Peer Gynt Suite - Complete (Piano Solo). By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). For solo piano. Piano Large Works. Classical Period. SMP Level 7 (Late Intermediate). Collection. Fingerings and standard notation (does not include words to the songs). 39 pages. G. Schirmer #LB2008. Published b

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Wedding Day at Troldhaugen (Piano Solo). By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Edited by Louis Oesterle. For solo piano. Piano Solo. Classical Period. SMP Level 9 (Advanced). Single piece. Standard notation and fingerings (does not include words to the songs). 11 pages. G. Schirmer #ST17201

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In the Hall of the Mountain King "By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Arranged by Mary Elizabeth Clark. For Piano. Duet or Duo; Masterworks; Piano Duet (1 Piano, 4 Hands). Late Elementary level piece for the Piano Duet event with the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Festivals Bulletin

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Grieg Selected Lyric Pieces For Piano By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Edited by Keith Snell. For piano. Neil A. Kjos Master Composer Library. Intermediate. Sheet music. Published by Neil A. Kjos Music Company

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Centenary Song Album "By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). For Voice, Piano. This edition: Urtext. Play along. Book and accompaniment CD. Text Language: English/German/Norwegian. Published by Edition Peters"

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Violin Sonata in C minor Op. 45 (Violin and Piano). By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Edited by Egon Voss. Violin. Henle Music Folios. Softcover. 86 pages. G. Henle Verlag #HN700. Published by G. Henle Verlag

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"String Quartet in G Minor, Opus 27" "By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). For 2 Violins, Viola, Cello. Set of Parts. Published by Edition Peters"

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In the Hall of the Mountain King (Piano Solo). By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Edited by Louis Oesterle. Piano Solo. SMP Level 7 (Late Intermediate). 8 pages. G. Schirmer #ST16249. Published by G. Schirmer

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Piano Works Vol.1 (Lyric Pieces) By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). For Piano. This edition: Urtext. Sheet Music. Published by Edition Peters

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Norwegian Dances Op.35 Nos.1-4 By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). For Piano 4-hands. Intermediate. Sheet Music. Published by Edition Peters

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"GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 (New recording)" By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). For piano. Instrumental Solo Part and CD. Published by Music Minus One

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Piano Sonata in E minor Op. 7 "(Piano Solo). By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Edited by Einar Steen-N_kleberg, Ernst-GŮnter Heinemann. For piano solo. Piano (Harpsichord), 2-hands. Henle Music Folios. Pages: III and 29. SMP Level 9 (Advanced). Softcover. 32 pages. G. Henle Verlag #HN604.

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Violin Sonata No. 3 By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). For violin and piano. Classical Period. Difficulty: medium. Set of performance parts (includes separate pull-out violin part). Solo part and piano accompaniment. Opus 45. 56 pages. Published by Edition Peters

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Peer Gynt (Get to Know Classical Masterpieces). By Brigitte Smith. By Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Arranged by Hans-GŮnter Heumann. Piano. Schott. Softcover. 32 pages. Schott Music #ED9224. Published by Schott Music

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