Composers / Edvard Grieg / Places catalog

Leipzig Conservatory

The Leipzig Conservatory was founded in 1843, the year Grieg was born, by Felix Mendelssohn. It soon became renowned, thanks to the excellent teaching staff. Mendelssohn brought here such figures as Moritz Hauptmann (cantor at St Thomas’s), Ignaz Moscheles (Grieg’s teacher, a piano virtuoso and expert on the music of Beethoven), Ferdinand David (leader of the Gewandhaus Orchestra) and Robert Schumann. At the same time, it enjoyed a reputation as one of the most progressive in Europe. Pupils were taken on from all over Europe, and even from America. In Grieg’s year, there were forty-five youngsters from Germany, the United Kingdom, America, Russia and Scandinavia. The young Edvard felt best in the company of other Scandinavians, and he became particularly close friends with the Dane Johan Ole Emile Horneman.

In the spring of 1860, he contracted tuberculosis, which ruined one of his lungs and impaired his health for the rest of his life. The illness was so serious that his mother came to Leipzig and took him home. In the autumn of that same year, however, against the doctors’ advice, he returned to the conservatory, this time in the company of his brother John, who studied cello there for two years.

The old conservatory was situated in the courtyard of the first Gewandhaus on Gewandgäßchen (now Universitätsstraße), in the Old Town. It was there that Edvard Grieg studied. The new conservatory building was opened in 1887 in the Music District at 8 Grassistraße (Beethovenstraße), near the New Gewandhaus.

Grieg did not apply himself particularly to his studies (the same had been true of his schooling in Bergen). He later described himself as lazy and not interested in learning.

I must admit, unlike Svendsen, that I left Leipzig Conservatory just as stupid as I entered it. Naturally, I did learn something there, but my individuality was still a closed book to me. (from a letter to his biographer, Aimar Grønvold, 1881).

In his opinion, he was lacking practice in processing musical material in large forms and bigger instrumental ensembles.

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