Composers / Edvard Grieg / Places catalog

Lake Gurre

Now a nature reserve. The ruins of Gurre Castle and the marshland around this great lake is the setting for the legend of King Valdemar’s love for the beautiful Little Tove and the jealousy of Queen Helvig. Many poems have been inspired by the folk ballads devoted to that story. The author of the best known epos, Gurresange, is Jens Peter Jacobsen. Arnold Schönberg used Jacobsen’s German translation to compose the monumental cantata Gurrelieder. Grieg visited the lake during his trip to northern Zealand with his friends Christian Horneman and Benjamin Feddersen in the summer of 1865. The composer admired the beautiful castle ruins, which transported him back to the ‘Chronicles from the times of Christian II’ by the Danish poet Carl Bernhard, telling the tale of the nobleman Claus Daa and his betrothed Gundel, who hid in the tower of Gurre Castle when falsely accused of attempting to murder King Christian II. At the same time, Grieg imbibed the fresh gusts of wind that brought invigorating air from over Lake Gurre and remembered that time when, two years earlier, he had met his future wife, Nina. ‘And I thought about the wonderful journey I had taken two years ago with an angel of a young girl – You, my beloved bride, you are that angel! Did you realise then that you might love me, or did you love me already? I remember that I saw an inexpressible gentleness in your eyes, but I was too scared to ascribe it to myself’.

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