Edvard GRIEG
15 June 1843 - 4 September 1907 (age 64)

Edvard Grieg is Norway's best known composer. Master of piano and song.




-A short bio


portrait of Grieg


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

Piano Concerto in A min.
Midwest Young Artists (MYA) 


- "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."

Grieg in Art
A fascinating collection of images - art, portraits, caricatures, cartoons, album covers and postage stamps.

A short timeline

- 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.

Pier Gynt Suite No1, Op 46  - Morning

Death of Aase
Thomas Jung, Musica Viva

Anitra's Dance

In the Hall of the Mountain Kings

Holberg Suite I. Prelude, II. Sarabande
Performed by the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra

Links, sources and where to go for more information

Edvard Grieg Museum

Edvard Grieg Archives

International Grieg Society


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