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Born: 1843, Bergen, NorwayDied: 1907, Bergen

“The artist is an optimist. Otherwise he would be no artist. He believes and hopes in the triumph of the good and the beautiful.”

Grieg was the most prominent Scandinavian composer of his generation. His greatest talent lay in crafting exquisite lyrical pieces of the sort that populate Peer Gynt, his songs, and his piano music. Grieg’s use of folk tunes and other folk-inspired material places him squarely among the musical nationalists of the 19th century.

Further listening:

Lyric Pieces (piano, 1867-1901)Emil Gilels (DG)

Holberg Suite (strings, 1885)Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (DG)