Composers / Edvard Grieg / Places catalog

Amsterdam

From 1883, Grieg was a keen and frequent visitor to the Netherlands. He had two reasons for visiting Amsterdam, the biggest city in the country. First and foremost because it had an excellent orchestra, of which he was the principal guest conductor – a role in which he enjoyed great popularity. The concert hall building – the Concertgebouw – was among the most beautiful and acoustically perhaps the best in Europe at that time. In 1898, Grieg invited the orchestra to a concert in the First Bergen Music Festival (this drew numerous protests and a great deal of animosity from the Norwegian music environment, leading the composer to threaten to withdraw from the organising of the festival). On that occasion, the orchestra was conducted by its young leader, Willem Mengelberg, a friend of Gustav Mahler and populariser of his music, who would remain its principal conductor for more than thirty years.

The other reason for Grieg’s frequent visits to Amsterdam was his friendship with the young German-Dutch pianist and composer Julius Röntgen, whom he had met in Leipzig. Röntgen lived in Amsterdam with his wife, the Swedish violinist Amanda Maier, and their two sons. Grieg also stayed with Röntgen in 1894, after Amanda’s death, during a tour of the Netherlands. With his second wife, Röntgen had five children, including the sons Edvard Frants and Frants Edvard (named after Grieg and his best friend, Frants Beyer).

Also in Amsterdam, in 1905, Grieg met the talented young Spanish cellist Pablo Casals. Together they played the Cello Sonata in A minor, and the composer praised the young Spaniard for his musicality and his serious approach to music and the art of performance.

Place Category
100 Via Sistina
Flats
2 Øvre Voldgate Flats
Amsterdam
Antico Caffè Greco
Coffeehouses
Avenue to the Grieg Museum Education, Other
A Walk around Grieg’s Villa Flats
Bergen Public Library Other
Berlin Appearances
Brussels Appearances
Church of St John Churches / Places of worship
Church of St Mary Churches / Places of worship
Church of St Thomas Churches / Places of worship
Composer’s Atelier Flats
Den Nationale Scene Appearances
Eremitagen in Jægersborg Manors / Palaces / Castles
Fish Market
Fredensborg Castle Manors / Palaces / Castles
Frederiksborg slott Manors / Palaces / Castles
Geneva Appearances
German Quay Other
Gewandhaus Appearances
Grand Café Coffeehouses
Grand Casino Hall Appearances
Grieghallen Appearances
Griegs’ Townhouse Flats
Grieg Museum Other
Hals Brothers’ Concert Hall Appearances
Hans Tank Secondary School Education
Haukeland Flats
Helsinge in Gribskov Other
Helsingör Manors / Palaces / Castles
Hotel Cecil Hotels / Inns
Hotel Westminster Hotels / Inns
Humlebæk Other
Kalfaret Churches / Places of worship
Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) Hotels / Inns
Lago Maggiore Other
Lake Gurre Other
Landås Court Flats
Leipzig Conservatory Education
Leipzig Opera Other
Leipzig Train Station Other
Lodge Education
London Other
Mendelssohn House Other
Missionary House Appearances
Mothsgaard/Søllerød Kro
Flats
National Theatre Appearances
Odd Fellows Palace Manors / Palaces / Castles
Old (Gamle) Bergen Museum of Architecture Flats
Old Town with the Old Town Hall (Leipzig) Other
Paris Other
Peters Edition Publishers / Bookshops
Piazza Barberini Other
Piazza del Popolo Churches / Places of worship, Other
Pincio Other
Prague Other
Royal Conservatory of Music Education
Royal Theatre Appearances
Rungstedlund Flats
Sanatorium on Voksenkollen Hotels / Inns
Scandinavian Society Other
Sorrento Hotels / Inns
Spanish Steps Other
Stockholm Other
The Grave of Edvard and Nina Cemeteries
The Wet Dock Other
Tivoli Other
Troll Hall (Troldsalen) Appearances
Vienna Other
Villa Medici Other
Villefranche-sur-Mer Other
Warsaw Appearances, Other
Wilhelm Hansen Edition Publishers / Bookshops