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The Idea of Norway

Edvard Grieg’s life and music – in his own words

‘The Idea of Norway. It’s the one thing that keeps me going strong, whether I’m travelling abroad or at home: The Idea of Norway.’

In this week’s podcast, Edvard Grieg – in his own words – tells of his life, his works, and of his love of Norway. He was a great letter-writer, filling his correspondence with all the hopes and desires he had for his emerging nation – with all the heartbreak of child loss, with the pains of self-doubt that afflict every artist – and with the boyish sense of humour that made him a beloved ambassador for his country.

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Edvard Grieg, 1906

Photographer: Anders Beer Wilse. Owner: Norsk folkemuseum. (Licence: CC pdm)

to actor Solveig M. Boyle for vocal contribution

00:00 North by Norway
Andrew J. Boyle, using the Norwegian folksong ‘I Ola-dalom, i Ola-tjønn’

01:51 I Ola-dalom, i Ola-tjønn
Edvard Grieg, op. 66, no. 14

04:40 Våren (Last Spring)
Edvard Grieg, op. 34, no. 2

05:18 Norwegian Dance 
Edward Grieg, op. 35, no. 2

08:00 Halling
Edward Grieg, op. 17, no. 7

09:50 Sonata
Edvard Grieg, Op. 7, second movement

18:15 Nocturne
Edvard Grieg, op. 54, no. 4

21:00 Susanna’s horn call
Contained in a letter from Edvard Grieg to Niels Ravnkilde, 17 October 1887

All music performed on GarageBand by Andrew J. Boyle

Edvard Grieg: mennesket og kunstneren
Finn Benestad/Dag Schjelderup-Ebbe
Aschehoug 1990 

Brev til Frants Beyer 1872–1907

Finn Benestad/Bjarne Kortsen
Universitetsforlaget, 1993

Brev i utvalg : 1862-1907. B. 1 : Til norske mottagere
Finn Benestad
Aschehoug, 1998

Brev i utvalg : 1862-1907. Bind II 
Finn Benestad
Aschehoug, 1998
#3     Treason and Taboo
The Stoltenbergs

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