Edvard Grieg and Other Scandinavian Composers

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Edvard Grieg exploring the Norwegian fjords on a day out with his Chocolate Labrador. Edvard Grieg exploring the Norwegian fjords on a day out with his Chocolate Labrador. (N/A)

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

SIBELIUS: Finlandia

LEIFS: Geysir

HALVORSEN: Entry March of the Boyars

GRIEG: Peer Gynt - In the Hall of the Mountain King

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