Edvard Grieg

Edvard Grieg (photo Tully Potter Collection)
Born: 1843
Died: 1907

Grieg’s music is Norway in just the same way that Elgar and Vaughan Williams are England. It is full of the idioms of Norwegian folk music synthesised with the German Romantic tradition. Like Chopin, Grieg was more comfortable in miniatures than large forms (his early symphony was not a success), used the piano for the vast bulk of his musical expression and fed off a proud nationalism.

Explore Grieg's life and music...

Top 10 Grieg recordings

Gramophone's guide to the essential recordings of Edvard Grieg's music – from Dinu Lipatti to Anne Sofie von Otter... Read more

Masterclass: Grieg's Piano Concerto

Pianists Stephen Kovacevich and Jean-Yves Thibaudet give their perspectives on Grieg's youthful masterpiece, and Richard Whitehouse provides a detailed analysis... Read more

Grieg remembered

Reidar Storaas surveys the life and works of Edvard Grieg (Gramophone, June 1993)... Read more

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