Edvard Hagerup

Edvard Hagerup

Grieg, Edvard Hagerup, 1843-1907, Norwegian composer. Grieg developed a strongly nationalistic style which made him known as "the Voice of Norway." He received piano lessons from his mother and later studied at the Leipzig Conservatory. Influenced by N. V. Gade, Grieg at first wrote in the idiom of German romanticism, but after 1864, when the composer Richard Nordraak (1842-65) introduced him to Norwegian folk music, he turned to the heritage of his own country. In 1867 he founded the Norwegian Academy of Music. For his original and characteristically lyrical songs, he used texts by Norwegian poets, and he made settings of Norwegian folk songs that he had collected. His wife, the singer Nina Hagerup Grieg, was an outstanding interpreter of his songs. He continued, however, to write songs with German texts in the style of Mendelssohn and Schumann, a style that also permeates his piano pieces. In 1869, Grieg established his fame as a leading composer with his Concerto in A Minor for piano and orchestra, appearing himself as the solo pianist in its first performance. His subsequent compositions, generally confined to short lyric forms, include the cantata Olav Trygvason (1873) and the suite of incidental dramatic music, Peer Gynt (1876). Grieg's impressionistic harmonies, and his use of short melodic phrases, influenced later composers such as Debussy, Tchaikovsky, MacDowell, and Sibelius.

See F. Benestad and D. Schjelderup-Ebbe, Edvard Grieg (tr. by W. H. Halverson and L. B. Sateren, 1988).

Edvard Hagerup (1781 - 1853) was a Norwegian jurist and politician.

He was a member of the first Norwegian Parliament, in the year 1814. At that time he worked as an assessor.

Bull was later appointed County Governor of Nordre Bergenhus amt (today named Sogn og Fjordane), serving from 1822 to 1831. Seated in Bergen, as Nordre Bergenhus was administrated from outside its territory, Hagerup was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from that city for the year 1824. In 1827 he was elected to the Norwegian Parliament for a third time.

From 1834 to 1852 he served as County Governor of Søndre Bergenhus amt (today named Hordaland).


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