Composers / Edvard Grieg / Places catalog

Landås Court

The Grieg family’s summer house at the foot of Ulriken Hill possessed extensive grounds, with herb and flower gardens. The family used to live here from April to October. It was inherited at the beginning of the nineteenth century on the distaff side by the Hagerup family, before passing to Edvard’s mother, Gesine. At Landås, the fifteen-year-old Edvard first met the legendary violin virtuoso Ole Bull, who called one summer’s day on a wonderful Arabian horse. Grieg remembered that when they shook hands he felt an electric shock run through his body. Bull did not bring his violin with him, but he told fascinating stories about his concert travels, particularly in America, which aroused the young composer’s imagination. When he heard that Edvard composed, the violinist asked him to play one of his early works. After the rendition and a quiet talk with his parents, he approached Edvard and said: ‘You’re going to Leipzig to become an artist’. Later in life, Grieg’s thoughts travelled back many times to that visit of Ole Bull’s to Landås, which determined his studies at the Leipzig Conservatory and his future career. On returning from his studies, Grieg often spent time at Landås, where he would compose. Among the more important works to be written during the summer of 1870 spent on the family estate were four songs, three of them to words by Bjørnson: ‘Good Morning’, Op. 21 No. 2, ‘The First Meeting’, Op. 21 No. 1 and ‘From Monte Pincio’, Op. 39 No. 1; the fourth song, ‘The Odalisque’, was not published until after the composer’s death, as CW 125. In 1871, he also composed here the Scenes of Country Life, Op. 19, one of his first piano cycles, which displays clear influences from Norwegian folk music and Grieg’s original harmonic language. The musical material of one of the works from that cycle, ‘Mountain Dance’, resembles the folk melody of ‘Brita Valaas’, jotted down by the Norwegian song collector Ludvig Mathias Lindeman, although in this instance Grieg deployed his own compositional inventiveness. A couple of years later, this led to a misunderstanding, when the French composer Edouard Lalo, convinced that this was an original Norwegian melody, used it in his Rapsodie norvégienne for orchestra. Grieg’s parents sold this property in 1872 and moved to the Sandviken district of Bergen.

Place Category
100 Via Sistina
2 Øvre Voldgate Flats
Antico Caffè Greco
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
Grieg Museum Other
Griegs’ Townhouse Flats
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
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