Edvard Grieg is Norway's best known composer. Master of piano and song.-Family
Edvard Hagerup Grieg
Born: 15 June 1843 Bergen, Norway
Great-grandfather: Alexander Greig was from Scotland. British consul in Bergen
Father: Alexander Grieg
Mother: Gesine Judithe Hagerup
Siblings: 1 brother - John, 3 sisters: Maren, Ingeborg Benedicte, Elisabeth
Partners: wife - 1st cousin Nina Hagerup, a talented singer.
Children: 1 son Alexandra. Died of meningitis at 13 months.
Death: 4 September 1907, age 64. Heart attack.
Grave: Ashes (and those of his wife Nina) in a fjord cliffside at his home Troldhaugen. see findagrave
Master of piano and song.
- Over 150 piano compositions
- Over 140 songs
- Piano Concerto
- Cello Concerto
- 3 violin sonatas
- 2 Peer Gynt Suites
- Holberg Suite
- Lyric Pieces
- Elegaic Melodies
- "Artists like Bach and Beethoven erected churches and temples on the heights. I only wanted... to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy and at home."
- "Suddenly a mist fell from my eyes and I knew the way I had to take."
- "I am sure my music has a taste of codfish in it."
- Age 6: His mother was his first piano teacher.
- Age 15: Enrolled at Leipzig Conservatory, in Germany, specialising in piano.
- Age 17: Hit by pleurisy and tubercolosis. Lost his left lung. Suffered respiratory problems all his life.
- Age 18: debut as a concert pianist in Sweden.
- Age 20-23: Went to Copenhagen for three years.
- Age 24: Married his first cousin Nina Hagerup, a soprano. Wrote his Piano Concerto while on holiday in Denmark.
- Age 26: Their only child, Alexandra, died of meningitis.
- Age 27: Awarded a travel grant and went to Rome where he met Liszt who encouraged him.
- Age 31-33: Composed the Peer Gynt Suite at the request of the author Henry Ibsen.
- Age 37-39: Musical Director and Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Age 45: Met Tchaikovsky in Leipzig.
- Age 60: began to make records and piano roll recordings.
- in his later years he physically found it diffucult to compose.
- He was awarded honorary doctorates by both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.