“Edvard Grieg (1888) by Elliot and Fry – 02” by Elliott & Fry – Immediate image source: Bergen Off. Bibliotek: Griegsamlingen, image #0241950 (Warning: the site has misidentified the photograph; see the cabinet card version page for details of actual origin.). Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Edvard Hagerup Grieg (6/15/1843 – 9/4/1907) was a Norwegian pianist and composer, considered one of the leading composers of the Romantic period. His work drew on Norwegian folk music and introduced it to the world, forging a national identity at a time when Norway was still under Danish control and really had none. He was both born and buried in the town of Bergen, but traveled extensively all over Europe, and felt that his music expressed both the Norwegian rural life as well as the culture of Europe as a whole.
Maybe his best-known work was the incidental music for Henrik Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt. Below are Suites No. 1 and No. 2, performed by Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE under the direction of Guillermo Garcia Calvo.
from The Sound of One Hand Typing