5/5/2019 Roman Naeem
Edvard returned to his hometown to give his first performance as a noted musician from "Leipzig", where he entertained audiences with Beethoven’s sonata; "Pathetique". He decided to hold base in Copenhagen, Denmark and stayed there for over 3 years. It is here that he met his guide and future friend "Rikard Nordraak" and well known composers Niels Gade and J.P.E Hartmann. Niels Gade urged Edvard to create his own symphony which. However, he never wanted it to go public or be acknowledged by the public for reasons unknown. He blunt himself at lots points in life and did not think his symphony was good enough to be appreciated on a global podium. This was when Rikard Nordraak stepped in and inspired Edvard to create and compose more. Following the death of his dear friend Nordraak in the year 1866, Edvard composed a funeral march in his remembrance that brought some light to a dark procession . This is when people began to recognize his works even more and began identifying him as a talented composer. Most of Edvard’s music involved the use of piano and violin for sonatas, and had tint of German romanticism to it. But soon enough, Grieg realized his national loyalties and began to take inspiration from national folklores and Norwegian landscapes.
Birth and Death
Edvard Grieg was born on June 15, 1843, Bergen Norway and died September 4, 1907 also in Bergen Norway. He sadly died because of congestive heart failure at the age of 64.
Childhood and Adolscence
Edvard Hagerup Grieg was born to Alexander Grieg and Gesine Judith Hagerup. Grieg’s father was a merchant while the mother was a music teacher. Edvard was musically inclined from a very young age and his mother, noticing his inclination, decided to give him his first piano lessons at the age of 6. She taught him the basics for a couple of years and later went on to study the subject in depth at famous academies such as "Tanks school". His mother’s teachings and later schooling provided motivation and the right sort of place for his musical talent. In 1858, when he was 15, Edvard met the famous Norwegian violinist "Ole Bull" who was far related to his family. Bull recognized the Edvard's talent and urged his parents to send him to "Leipzig’s Conservatory" where he would learn to love and nurture music into his life permanently.
Personal and Professional Life