Composer Edvard Grieg, the icon of Norwegian music, left his home in Bergen, Norway to study at the conservatory in Leipzig. There he began his formal musical education under the auspices of Ignaz Moscheles (piano) and Carl Reinecke (composition). While in school, the young composer saw the premiere of his first work, his String Quartet in D minor, performed in Karlshamn, Sweden. Despite being diagnosed with a form of tuberculosis, which left him with only one functioning lung, Grieg graduated from the conservatory in 1862. The composer had an intense desire to develop a national style of composition, but recognized the importance of becoming well versed in the work of the European masters, and consequently relocated to Copenhagen, studying with Niels Gade. He was thus able to remain in Scandanavia, while working in a thriving cultural ...
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Composition Highlights

Title Year Avg. Duration Genre
Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16 1868 28:54 Concerto
Peer Gynt Suite, for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 1, Op. 46 1874 12:30 Orchestral
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg’s Time), for string orchestra ("Holberg Suite"), Op. 40 1885 19:42 Orchestral
Melodies (12) after Poems by Vinje, for voice & piano, Op. 33 1873 26:31 Vocal Music
Sigurd Jorsalfar, suite for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands), Op. 56 1872 16:17 Orchestral
Peer Gynt, incidental music, Op. 23 1874 40:34 Orchestral
Ballade for piano in G minor ("In the Form of Variations on a Norwegian Melody"), Op. 24 1875 17:57 Keyboard
Symphonic Dances (4) for orchestra (or piano, 4 hands), Op. 64 1896 28:06 Orchestral
Stimmungen (Moods) (7) for piano, Op. 73 1898 12:15 Keyboard
Lyric Suite for orchestra (orchestration of Op. 54) 1904 11:24 Orchestral
String Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 27 1877 34:35 Chamber Music
Sonata for violin & piano No. 3 in C minor, Op. 45 1886 23:42 Chamber Music
Elegiac Melodies (2) for orchestra (or piano), Op. 34 1880 07:50 Orchestral
Melodies (2) for string orchestra (or piano), Op. 53 1890 08:13 Orchestral
Peer Gynt Suite, for orchestra (or piano or piano, 4 hands) No. 2, Op. 55 1874 15:05 Orchestral
Schmetterling (Butterfly), lyric piece for piano, Op. 43/1 1886 01:52 Keyboard
Arietta, lyric piece for piano, Op. 12/1 1864 01:29 Keyboard
Norwegian Dances (4) for piano, 4 hands (or solo piano), Op. 35 1880 15:37 Keyboard
Nocturne, lyric piece for piano, Op. 54/4 1889 04:01 Keyboard
Bådnlåt (At the Cradle), lyric piece for piano, Op. 68/5 1897 02:53 Keyboard
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