Incidental music creates a mood, or illustrates the action for what is going on in a play, movie or television show. Here is how Edvard Grieg made his incidental music.
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
Copland: Our Town
Grieg: Peer Gynt - In the Hall of the Mountain Kin
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.