Edvard Grieg

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Edvard Grieg

Edvard Hagerup Grieg (June 15, 1843 - September 4, 1907, Norway) was a pianist and composer of the romantic era.

His musical style is Similar to that of Robert Schuman, but he was original for his time in the way that he incorporated influences from Norwegian folk music in his works.

Grieg is particularly known for his endearing harmonic style which, in some of his works, foreshadows the music of the impressionists - Maurice Ravel is reported to have said that everything he wrote had somehow been influenced by Grieg.

Selected works

For the complete list see List of compositions by Edvard Grieg

Grieg's best known works are his Piano Concerto in A minor and his incidental music to the play Peer Gynt, though his chamber music is generally considered to be his most important output.

  • Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8
  • Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13
  • Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45
  • Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 39
  • String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 27
  • Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 9
  • Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16
  • Incidental music to Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22
  • Suite from Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 56
  • Incidental music to Ibsen's play Peer Gynt, Op. 23
  • Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
  • Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55
  • Holberg Suite for string orchestra, Op. 40
  • Four Symphonic Dances for Orchestra, Op. 64