Edvard Grieg

Fun Facts

  • Born into a musical family, Grieg's first piano lessons were given to him by his mother.

  • As a boy, Grieg hated school so much that he would attempt to get wet on the way to school so that he would be sent home to change.

  • Grieg is considered to be Norway's greatest composer.

  • As a teenager, Grieg survived pleurisy and tuberculosis, but he suffered throughout his life from respiratory issues caused by complications from the diseases.

  • Norwegian folk songs were part of Grieg's musical inspiration.

  • On concert tours, Grieg usually played only his own compositions.

  • The Peer Gynt Suites and the Piano Concerto in A Minor are Grieg’s most often-performed works.

  • Grieg married his first cousin, Nina Hagerup.

  • Grieg's Piano Concerto was an instant success, but he never wrote another.

  • Grieg's famous Wedding Day at Troldhaugen was written to commemorate his 25th wedding anniversary.

  • Grieg kept a frog figurine in his pocket and would rub it before concerts for good luck.

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