Edvard Grieg was born in Norway during the Romantic era. His mother started teaching him to play the piano when he was 6. By the age of 9, he was composing. His music was typical of the Romantic era, even though he lived into the twentieth century. He has been called the “Chopin of the North”.
Grieg wrote much of his music about creatures from Norwegian folk tales such as trolls, mountain kings, and dwarfs. One of his piano compositions, “Wedding-Day at Troldhaugen” was written for a celebration of his wedding anniversary. Troldhaugen was the name he gave his home in Norway.
One of Grieg’s best-known works is the “Peer Gynt Suite”. One well-known piece within that suite is “In the Hall of the Mountain King”. He also wrote a book of music entitled “Lyric Pieces” which contains many favorites and well-known pieces. Some of his well-known pieces were originally written for orchestra, and Grieg re-wrote them (transcribed them) for piano.
Edvard Grieg is one of Beth’s favorite composers. His music seldom gets put away!
To earn a Grieg trading card, tell Beth the composer’s name, when they wrote music, an interesting fact about the composer, and your favorite piece.