On Saturday morning, as we were leaving the hotel, we were surprised when a taxi pulled up along side of us and friendly voices called out our names. Our friends, Bob and Johnna, had arrived a little earlier than we expected. We were all going together at noon to Troldhaugen, the home of one of Norway’s favorite sons, the composer, Edvard Grieg. Here’s a statue of Grieg next to the concert hall at Troldhaugen:
Grieg (1843-1907) was born and died in Bergen. He was known mainly for his lyrical compositions for piano. As a wedding present, his friends surprised him and his bride with this grand piano, supposedly worth $100,000 today:
I was not familiar with Grieg’s work, other than the Fantasia-sounding, In the Hall of the Mountain King, from the incidental music to the play, Peer Gynt. Grieg wrote most of his pieces in this small house downhill from Troldhaugen,…
It was a little too cold to swim in.