Edvard Grieg and Other Scandinavian Composers
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Edvard Grieg wasn’t the only famous Scandinavian composer. Learn about others from Sweden, Denmark, Norway and other northern countries this week on Classics for Kids.
About Edvard Greig
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.
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 used within the program
ALFVEN: Vallflickans Dans (Dance of the Shepherdesses)
WIREN: Serenade for Strings
NIELSEN: Maskarade Overture
GADE: Nordic Tone Pictures
KUHLAU: Trillingsbrodrene Overture
HALVORSEN: Entry March of the Boyars
GRIEG: Peer Gynt - In the Hall of the Mountain King