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The Edvard Grieg Archives

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) is the great national composer of Norway. His distinct musical style had a tremendous impact in his time, and today his compositions count for a significant part of the Norwegian musical heritage. Grieg’s friends and acquaintances comprised much of the social and cultural elite of his time. A wealth of material was bequeathed by Edvard and Nina Grieg to Bergen Public Library - much of which has been digitized and made available on the Internet.

The Edvard Grieg Collection on flickr contains a set of portraits of Edvard Grieg from early childhood to his death bed, a set of pictures of friends and family, a set of Edvard Grieg and his wife Nina, a set of Edvard Grieg's home Troldhaugen and a set of portraits of Nina Grieg.

Edvard Grieg was born into a wealthy merchant family in Bergen in June 1843. Bergen was a small but dynamic city with strong commercial and cultural ties to the rest of Europe. The Grieg family, like many others, placed a lot of emphasis on arts and music in the education of their children. Grieg’s mother was the city’s foremost piano teacher, and young Edvard, inspired by both traditional Norwegian music and European composers, showed his talent from a very early age. He went on to study at the conservatory in Leipzig, combining his Norwegian background with a deepened knowledge of the European tradition. He returned to Bergen after graduating in 1862.

Edvard Grieg wanted to write Norwegian music inspired by Norwegian landscapes, but in order to develop further as a composer he decided to leave the country and move to Copenhagen. Here he met his future wife Nina, the young couple married in 1867. Their only child Alexandra was born in the spring of 1868, the same summer Grieg composed his pianoconcerto in A minor. This masterpiece marked an artistic breakthrough, and he went on to be one of the most respected composers of his time. The family life was, however, short-lived as Alexandra fell ill and died in 1869. For over a decade the Grieg couple led a nomadic lifestyle, touring extensively in Europe. In 1885 they finally settled in Bergen. Their home, Troldhaugen, is now a museum. Grieg continued to compose, developing a style of his own with an emphasis on the brief and concise delivery of his message. He applied this concise approach both to the larger forms and the smaller ones like his songs and his pieces for piano.

Also available from The Edvard Grieg Archives:

* Overview of compositions, correspondents etc.
* Read & print digital documents (autographs)
* Listen to the music - selected record tracks
* Search the catalogue of the whole archive
* Full text search within the Grieg letters and diaries

Nina og Edvard Grieg's private archive (original documents and digital reproductions), published compositions, and publications about Grieg's professional and personal life.

The documents are free to use, if no exception is expressed. Please make clear source reference to Bergen Public Library, The Edvard Grieg Archives.

Selected recordings are available for listening, allowed by the publisher, The Edvard Grieg Museum Troldhaugen.



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