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Now here is what you need to know: Edvard Grieg is a real big deal in Norway.
A celebrated hero.
Beloved and revered.
A Norwegian classical music rock-star.
(Or something like that.)
Grieg is most famous for the Peer Gynt Suite which has one of my all-time favorite pieces to teach children: In the Hall of the Mountain King. (Aside: Kids love this piece SO MUCH. It will appear on a subsequent playlist later this year, for absolute certain. When though? When are trolls and mountain caves in season? These are the things I think about at night.)
For our February list, I chose Wedding Day at Troldhaugen. Give it a listen and see if it sounds familiar:
I included this on this February because it is a love song. Edvard wrote the piece as a gift to his bride for their 25th wedding anniversary. Their home, Troldhaugen (sometimes spelled without the “g”), is a popular tourist spot in Norway. You can even take a Grieg bus tour around town after your visit!
See? Big Norwegian deal.
Wedding Day at Troldhaugen is one of those pieces that is fun to have on in the background while you are doing other things. Take a few minutes to learn a bit about Mr. Grieg and his beloved Troldhaugen, and you have easily worked some classical music appreciation into your day.
Want more? How about some subject integration ideas?
Integration Ideas for Every Stage:
Classical music studied in isolation can be a little abstract, especially for young children. I love to find ways to integrate the music into other subjects to make it come alive. Here are a few ideas for incorporating Wedding Day at Troldhaugen into other parts of your school day.
(And, of course, you’ll want to have the music playing in the background while you work…)
- Pre-school // Talk about wedding anniversaries and explain what an anniversary celebrates. Name the months of the year and mark special anniversaries on a calendar. Explain that Edward Grieg wrote Wedding Day at Troldhaugen as a 25th wedding anniversary gift for his wife. Count to 25!
- Early Education // Identify Norway on a map. Look up the following: capital city, longest river, highest mountain, and currency. Draw and color the Norwegian flag.
- Middle Grades // What language did Edvard Grieg speak? Find out how to say the following in his language: hello, goodbye, yes, no, please, thank-you. Which is the easiest to say? Which is the hardest? Research popular first and last names in Norway.
- Middle School // Edvard Grieg was born in 1843. Research what was happening in Norway in 1843 and compare to what was happening in your home country at the same time.
- High School // Play travel agent and plan a trip to Norway. What are the major sights you would want to explore? Would you take a trip to Troldhaugen? Why or why not?
Enjoy this fun work!