Sunday, June 15, 2008

Good Grieg...

Today, June 15th, is also the birthday of one of my favourite composers, Edvard Grieg, who was born in Bergen, Norway in 1843.

Although he is probably best known for his incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt, my own personal favourite piece of Grieg's music is the Holberg Suite, Op. 40. It is a suite of five movements based on eighteenth century dance forms, and was written in 1884 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Danish-Norwegian playwright Ludvig Holberg. (Pretty major theatre buff, was Edvard Grieg, which is probably another one of the many reasons why I love him so...)

Here is a video of the Kristiansand Symfoniorkester playing Grieg's Praeludium from the Holberg Suite, filmed at-and-around the Lindesnes Lighthouse, in breathtakingly beautiful Norway.

1 comment:

Nan said...

Heather, that piece was so beautiful! i played it once, and then put it on again while i jumped into the shower. when i got out, my son chas had gotten out of bed and was standing transfixed, swaying, in front of the computer. we just listened twice more. thank you for sharing that!

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