Troldhaugen

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Troldhaugen
Troldhaugen
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Troldhaugen was the home of Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and his wife Nina Grieg. Troldhaugen is located in Bergen, Norway and consists of the Edvard Grieg Museum, Grieg’s villa, the hut where he composed music, and his and his wife's gravesite.[1]

The building was designed by Grieg's cousin, the architect Schak Bull. The name comes from trold meaning troll and haug from the Old Norse word haugr meaning hill or knoll. Grieg is reputed to have said that children called the nearby small valley "The Valley of Trolls" and thus gave the name for his building as well. Edvard Grieg himself called the building "my best composition hitherto".

Edvard and Nina Grieg finished building Troldhaugen in 1885. Edvard and Nina Grieg lived in Troldhaugen when he was home in Norway, mostly in the summer. Troldhaugen was the home of Edvard Grieg from April 1885 to his death. After the death of her husband in 1907, Nina Grieg moved to Denmark where she spent the remainder of her life. Grieg's and his wife's ashes rest inside a mountain tomb near the house.[2]

Troldhaugen is a typical 19th century residence with panoramic tower and a large veranda. Grieg's small composer's hut overlooks Nordås Lake. Grieg immortalized the name of his home in one of his piano pieces, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, Opus 65, No. 6.

Troldhaugen and its surroundings are now a museum dedicated to the memory of Edvard Grieg. In 1995, a museum building was added, with a permanent exhibition of Edvard Grieg's life and music, as well as shop and restaurant. In the villa’s living room stands Grieg’s Steinway grand piano, which Grieg was given as a silver wedding anniversary present in 1892. Today the instrument is used for private concerts, special occasions and intimate concerts held in connection with Bergen International Festival.

Troldsalen, a concert hall, offers concert series in the summer and autumn months, as well as many other concerts and events. Troldsalen, which was completed in 1985, is an elegant and beautiful concert hall, with excellent acoustics. The floor-to-ceiling windows behind the stage provide the audience with a lovely view of the composer's hut and Lake Nordås.

Trivia[edit]

  • Australian experimental folk metal band Troldhaugen take their name from the home, as well as incorporate excerpts of Grieg's music into their own.[3]

References[edit]

Other sources[edit]

  • Torsteinson, Sigmund Femti ar med Troldhaugen: Glimt fra museumstiden 1928-1978 (Gyldendal. 1978)
  • Torsteinson, Sigmund Troldhaugen med en kort biografi om Edvard Grieg (John Grieg. 1960)
  • Kayser, Audun Troldhaugen: Nina and Edvard Griegs home (John Grieg. 1980)

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Coordinates: 60°19′10.56″N 5°19′46.12″E / 60.3196000°N 5.3294778°E / 60.3196000; 5.3294778