Grieg, Edvard (Hagerup)
- John Horton
- and Nils Grinde
(b Bergen, June 15, 1843; d Bergen, Sept 4, 1907). Norwegian composer, pianist and conductor. He was the foremost Scandinavian composer of his generation and the principal promoter of Norwegian music. His genius was for lyric pieces – songs and piano miniatures – in which he drew on both folktunes and the Romantic tradition, but his Piano Concerto found a place in the central repertory, and his String Quartet foreshadows Debussy.
John Horton, revised by Nils Grinde
His mother, Gesine Judith Grieg, was a daughter of a provincial governor named Hagerup, whose father had heen adopted in boyhood by Bishop Hagerup of Trondheim and had assumed the name of his patron. Gesine’s father provided her with an excellent musical training under Albert Methfessel at Hamburg, with the result that she was much in demand at Bergen as a pianist. In 1836 she had married Alexander Grieg, merchant and British consul at Bergen. His father, John Grieg, had held the same appointment before him, and had also interested himself as an amateur in the musical life of the city, playing in the orchestra of the Bergen Harmonic Society under his father-in-law, Niels Haslund (...