Today’s cultural moment

August 11, 2022

Happy birthday, Edvard

June 14, 2022

In honor of the birthday of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (1842-1907), here is “In the Hall of the Mountain King,” performed by Brazilian pianist Fabricio André Bernard Di Paolo (known professionally as Lord Vinheteiro).

Friday spooky dance

October 29, 2021

Disney’s “Silly Symphonies” were among the earliest music videos ever made, and for most baby boomers, they were our introduction to classical music. This one incorporates a theme from Edvard Grieg’s “March of the Trolls” into the soundtrack.

Happy birthday, Edvard

June 15, 2021

It’s the birthday of Edvard Grieg (1842-1907), the composer who put Norway on the musical map. Grieg’s Holberg Suite, composed 1884, consists of five movements, each based on an 18th century dance form. Here is the third movement, played by the strings of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra — a group of musicians who make no secret of how much fun they’re having.

Happy birthday, Edvard

June 15, 2019

It’s the birthday of Edvard Grieg (1842-1907), who composed “Wedding Day at Troldhaugen” in 1896, the year he and his wife celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Originally composed for piano, it’s played here by the Chicago Harp Quartet.

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