Composers / Edvard Grieg / Places catalog


The first and biggest amusement park in the North, founded in 1843, has its own concert auditorium and its own orchestras (now the Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Tivoli Symphony Orchestra, since 1844). From its inception until 1872, the musical director of the Tivoli Gardens was the Danish composer Hans Christian Lumbye, a gifted imitator of the style of the Viennese Strausses. His best known work is a Champagne Galop (Champagnegaloppen).

Tivoli was a favourite meeting point for artists and residents of Copenhagen. It was here, in 1864, that Edvard Grieg first met Rikard Nordraak. A cousin of Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Nordraak wrote several songs to words by Bjørnson; in 1864, he wrote the song which later became the Norwegian national anthem and which was enthusiastically received among Norwegian intellectuals in Copenhagen. A year older than Grieg, Nordraak was essentially a self-taught composer, although well aware of his talent. At the Tivoli, upon spotting Grieg, he apparently exclaimed: ‘At last we meet – we, the two greatest!’ The two young men became firm friends, and Nordraak, an enthusiast of everything Norwegian, who died two years later from tuberculosis, managed to convince Grieg to take an interest in Norwegian folk music. Grieg later commented: ‘I felt the scales fall from my eyes and I saw the path marked out before me’. He dedicated several of his works to his friend and to Nordraak’s memory.

Grieg’s first attempt to forge an individual style was the Humoresques, Op. 6, followed by the first sonatas, composed in the summer of 1865: the Piano Sonata in E minor and the Violin Sonata in F major.

Grieg also met Ole Bull and Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson at the Tivoli. All those encounters would prove decisive for his development as a composer.

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