June 15. Edvard Grieg’s Birthday: Holberg Suite

Today is the birthday of the Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907). Most people know his Piano Concerto in A and Peer Gynt Suite. I had heard snippets of the Holberg from time to time on the local classical channel over the years, not knowing what it was. It wasn’t until about 20 years ago when my daughter was studying violin that at a concert of the National Symphony Orchestra that I heard it in its full for the first time. A late Romantic and contemporary of Dvorak and Tchaikowski, Grieg’s Holberg reminds me of their Serenades for Strings. It’s lush and warm at times it has a classical feel and at others reminds me of Britten’s Simple Symphony based on English folksongs.

Here’s his wikipedia entry.

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2 Responses to June 15. Edvard Grieg’s Birthday: Holberg Suite

  1. richibi says:

    wonderful – though I must confess I watched a performance by the Camerata Nordica rather than your selection, for its live, and thrilling, presentation – I’d never heard the piece, an apt choice for a birthday commemoration of a composer who, had he been German, would’ve accrued, I think, more fame and honours than Schumann or Mendelssohn – thanks always, and cheers, Richard

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  2. kvennarad says:

    Grieg was of Scottish descent. 🙂

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