Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Countdown to Syttende Mai--Ole Bull and Rikard Nordraak

While we are on the topic of classical music and now that you are familiar with Edvard Grieg, it is important to note two great influences on Grieg who are also Norwegian: Ole Bull and Rikard Nordraak. Ole Bull was a great violinist (well renowned throughout Europe in his day) who saw within Grieg a great potential at a young age. It was Bull who made it possible for Grieg to study overseas and develop his talents. During his studies in Denmark, Grieg met and befriended another student of music, Rikard Nordraak. Nordraak is credited with assisting Grieg in championing the folk influences from Norway into the classical compositions which he wrote. Nordraak is the composer of Norway's national anthem, but unfortunately, he died from TB at the young age of twenty-two. Grieg composed the following funeral march in honor of Nordraak (Sørgemarsj over Rikard Nordraak):

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