Facts about Edvard H Grieg

  • Edvard Hagerup Grieg, 1843-1907, was a Norwegian composer, born in Bergen, Norway.
  • His mother who played piano very well gave him his first music lessons, and he began to compose at the age of nine.
  • Grieg was sent to the Leipzig Conservatorium in 1858 where he studied counterpoint, com-position and piano under such teachers as Richter, Reinecke, and Moscheles.
  • Grieg was a skillful orchestrator, though he frequently limited himself to the use of strings alone, as in the Two Elegiac Melodies and the Holberg Suite in which he achieved fine sonorities.
  • In 1872 Grieg was made a member of the Royal Musical Academy of Sweden; in 1873 he was decorated with the Olaf order; the following year he was granted an annual stipend of 1,600 kronen by the Norwegian Storthing, a sum sufficient to enable him to compose without financial worries.
  • His most brilliant creation was undoubtedly his Piano Concerto which continued to increase in popularity after his death.