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this day in th eyesteryear: First Mickey Mouse Comic Strip Released (1930)


First Mickey Mouse Comic Strip Released (1930)

Mickey Mouse’s first incarnation of sorts was as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, created by Walt Disney for Universal Studios. After Universal threatened to cut Disney’s budget, Disney reorganized his studio and created Mickey to keep his company afloat. Mickey was rather mischievous in early cartoons but later evolved into a well-meaning everyman. Today, he is one of the most recognizable cartoon characters in the world. What did Disney call his cartoon mouse before his wife suggested “Mickey”? More… Discuss

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Grieg: Peer Gynt, Op. 23 – (IX. In the Hall of the Mountain King): great compositions/performances


Mengelberg – Grieg – Two Elegiac Melodies for Orchestra, Op 34: great compositions/performances


Mengelberg – Grieg – Two Elegiac Melodies for Orchestra, Op 34

News: Norway Best Country for Older People


Norway Best Country for Older People

Growing old is never easy, but for some it is easier than others, and where they live has a lot to do with it. An index evaluating the quality of life of older adults in 96 countries around the globe has ranked Norway the best country in the world for older people, followed closely by Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, and Germany. Australia, Western Europe, and North America also rank high on the list. The index weighs factors such as income security, health, personal capability, and whether the elderly live in an “enabling environment.” More… Discuss

Andsnes: Grieg Lyric Pieces Op 65, Wedding Day – Leif Ove Andsnes, piano: make music part of your life series


Andsnes: Grieg Lyric Pieces Op 65, Wedding Day

this day in the yesteryear: Edvard Munch’s The Scream is Stolen at Gunpoint (2004)


Edvard Munch’s The Scream is Stolen at Gunpoint (2004)

Edvard Munch completed four versions of his most famous work, The Scream, an expressionist depiction of modern humanity’s spiritual anguish. In 1994, the version belonging to Norway’s National Gallery was stolen, but it was soon recovered in a sting operation. A decade later, thieves stole the version belonging to the Munch Museum. Despite rumors that the painting had been burned, the Oslo government offered a hefty reward for information leading to its recovery. What was its fate? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Christian III of Denmark and Norway (1503)


Christian III of Denmark and Norway (1503)

Christian III was king of Denmark and Norway from 1534 to 1559. Early in his reign, he allied with Sweden to defeat the German city of Lübeck, which had invaded Denmark in an attempt to reinstate the deposed Christian II. That victory broke the power of the Hanseatic League and made the Danish fleet supreme in northern waters. As ruler, Christian established Lutheranism in Denmark and laid the foundation for the absolutist Danish monarchy of the 17th century. On what holiday did Christian die? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Trygve Lie (1896)


Trygve Lie (1896)

The United Nations was established in 1945, and Lie, a Norwegian politician, became its first Secretary General the next year. His role required that he take an active part in a variety of negotiations, but the Soviet Union ceased to cooperate with him after he supported UN intervention in the Korean War, and his effectiveness was further hampered by charges from anticommunist politicians in the US that his secretariat had employed subversives. What was the impetus for Lie’s resignation in 1952? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: S.A. Andrée Attempts to Reach the North Pole by Balloon (1897)


S.A. Andrée Attempts to Reach the North Pole by Balloon (1897)

After gaining funding from the likes of King Oscar II and Alfred Nobel and generating widespread public interest, Swedish explorer Salomon August Andrée and two companions departed from Norway’s Svalbard for the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon. They flew for two days before a hydrogen leak grounded the balloon, forcing the poorly equipped trio to travel on pack ice. Three months later, the men reached the island of Kvitøya, where they eventually died. When was their last camp finally found? More… Discuss

Edvard Grieg – Symphonic Dances / Daneses Symphoniques



Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Norge

Symphonic Dances on Norwegian motifs, Op. 64
– Danses symphoniques sur des motifs norvégiens, op. 64

I. Allegro moderato e marcato
II. Allegro grazioso
III. Allegro giocoso
IV. Andante – Allegro molto e risoluto

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi

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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: FAEROE ISLANDS GAIN HOME RULE (1948)


Faeroe Islands Gain Home Rule (1948)

The Faeroe Islands are a group of volcanic islands first settled by Irish monks circa 700 CE and colonized by Vikings about a century later. Since 1380, the islands have been under Danish rule. After World War II, the Faeroese sought independence, but the Danish king blocked any chance of this by dissolving the Faeroese parliament following a 1946 referendum in which residents voted for independence. Two years later, they were granted self-government. Where in the world are the Faeroe Islands? More… Discuss

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Great Compositions/Performances: Edvard Grieg – Symphonic Dances / Dances Symphoniques (Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Neeme Järvi)



Great Compositions/Performances:  Edvard GriegSymphonic Dances / Dances Symphoniques

Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Norge

– Symphonic Dances on Norwegian motifs, Op. 64
– Danses symphoniques sur des motifs norvégiens, op. 64

I. Allegro moderato e marcato
II. Allegro grazioso
III. Allegro giocoso
IV. Andante – Allegro molto e risoluto

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Neeme Järvi

 

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SÀMI NATIONAL HOLIDAY


Sàmi National Holiday

The Sàmi people are indigenous to the arctic area of theNordic countries. February 6 is recognized as Sàmi National Holiday in Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. This day is full of activities that celebrate the Sàmi culture. First celebrated in 1993, it has become a popular event and a time for the indigenous Sàmi people to celebrate their cultural identityMore…Discuss

 

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Edvard Grieg two Melodies for strings, op. 53 No. 1: Norsk


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Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)

To Melodier, Op. 53 (1890)
1. Norsk
Norwegian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Terje Tonnesen
Editor:First edition
Publisher Info.:Leipzig, C.F. Peters, n.d.(1891). Plate 7628.

 

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Great Compositions/Performances: Sviatoslav Richter Plays Edvard Grieg’s Lyric Pieces Op.65 – 6 “Wedding day at Troldhaugen”


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“Wedding Day at Troldhaugen” (Norwegian: Bryllupsdag på Troldhaugen) is a musical piece composed by Edvard Grieg.[n 1][1] It is the sixth piano piece in the eighth book of his Lyric Pieces, bearing the opus number 65. There has been some discussion about the quality and proportion of this composition in relation to the whole book.[2]

Description

Originally called “Gratulanterne kommer” (The well-wishers are coming),[3][4] it was written in 1896 as a memorial of the 25th wedding anniversary of Grieg and his wife Nina.[5] The anniversary celebration had been held in the Fossli Hotel near the Vøringsfossen waterfall in June 1892. Grieg and his wife celebrated their wedding anniversary with Borre and Nancy Giertsen. Nancy was the sister of Marie Beyer, then married to Frants Beyer, Grieg’s best friend. She belonged to their closest circle of friends at Troldhaugen. During the occasion a guest book was ready to take contributions from all the guests.

Grieg gave the work its final title in 1897 when he compiled Book VIII, Op. 65, of his Lyric Pieces. The work’s festive first section describes congratulations and best wishes that are given by the guests to the newlyweds; the second section is reflective and subdued.
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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: ST. KNUT’S DAY


St. Knut’s Day

The feast day of King Canute (or Knut), who ruled Denmark, England, and Norway in the 11th century, marks the end of the Yuletide season in Sweden. Rather than letting the holidays fade quietly, Swedish families throughout the country hold parties to celebrate the final lighting (and subsequent dismantling) of the Christmas tree. After letting the children eat the cookies and candies used to decorate the tree, and after packing the ornaments away in their boxes, it is customary to hurl the tree through an open window. More…

 

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This Day in the Yesteryear: THE ROYAL AIR FORCE SINKS GERMAN BATTLESHIP TIRPITZ (1944)


The Royal Air Force Sinks German Battleship Tirpitz (1944)

The German Tirpitz, sister ship of the similarly ill-fatedBismarck, was the largest battleship ever built in Europe. Though she was sent to waters around German-occupied Norway and never really saw action in World War II, her mere presence threatened Allied convoys and tied up their naval resources. The Allies therefore launched numerous attacks on the Tirpitz in an effort to destroy her. After the Allies succeeded, her armor plates were supposedly repurposed for what use?More… Discuss

 

MR. GOLDEN SUN FINALLY SHINES DOWN ON RJUKAN


Mr. Golden Sun Finally Shines Down on Rjukan

Residents of Rjukan, Norway, have had it with darkness. Located in a deep valley surrounded by mountains, the city gets no sunlight for about seven months out of the year. About a century ago, an engineer proposed the idea of using mirrors to reflect sunlight down into the town, and last week, it became a reality. On Wednesday, three large, computer-controlled mirrors installed on one of the surrounding mountaintops began reflecting sunlight into the main square below, where assembled residents relaxed on loungers, played beach volleyball, and sipped cocktails while soaking up the rays. More… Discuss

 

THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH


The Happiest Place on Earth

A UN-sponsored survey of happiness and satisfaction around the globe names Denmark the world’s happiest country. Rounding out the top five are Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Canada ranked 6th on the list, the US came in 17th, and the UK landed in the 22nd spot. The West African country of Togo was found to be the most unhappy of the 156 nations included in the report. While recent economic and political crises have greatly reduced happiness levels in many countries, over the past five years, the world overall has actually become slightly happier and more generous. More… Discuss

 

Edvard Grieg. “Peer Gynt” Suite No. 1, Op. 46



Edvard Grieg. “Peer GyntSuite No. 1, Op. 46
1. Morning Mood 
2. The Death of Åse
3. Anitra’s Dance
4. In the Hall of the Mountain King

Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor
Gintaras Rinkevicius

Was recorded by “Culture”-TV channel on 15 October 2012 at the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow)

 



1. The wounded heart
2. Last Spring

Willem Mengelberg
Born: March 28, 1871 – Utrecht,
Holland Died: March 21, 1951 – Chur, Switzerland Grieg(1843-1907)

In the late 1860s Grieg married his cousin, Nina Hagerup, and settled in Christiania (now much less charmingly named Oslo). Life couldn’t have been easy, eking out a living from teaching and conducting, particularly as his over-zealous studies in Leipzig had permanently damaged his health. Then, in 1874, still aged only 31, came a stroke of good fortune: he was awarded a life annuity from the Norwegian government (nice work if you can get it!). Maybe he isn’t exactly a “front rank” composer, but his music is equally capable of charming the simple soul (like me) as it is the not so simple (like Liszt).  Continue reading



Kristiansand Symfoniorkester 
from Lindesnes Lighthouse, Norway

Today’s Birthday: Ansgar (801 CE)


Ansgar (801 CE)

The patron saint of Scandinavia, Ansgar was a missionary and the first archbishop of Hamburg. He was sent by Louis I to help King Harald Christianize Denmark and King Bjorn Christianize Sweden. He initiated a mission to all Scandinavians and Slavs and was appointed archbishop of Hamburg in 832. When Sweden and Denmark returned to paganism by 845, Ansgar thwarted the pagan rebellion. He was recognized as a saint soon after his death. Ansgar is often called the Apostle of what? More… Discuss

Something To Look Forward To Is Worth Looking Into


Cultured People Healthier and Happier

A study of 50,797 adults living in Norway found that those who engaged in cultural activities were generally healthier, felt a greater sense of wellbeing, were less stressed, and were less depressed. This effect was seen in those who took part in cultural activities as viewers—for example, by attending concerts or visiting art galleries—as well as those who were active participants—such as those who played instruments, painted, or sang. Even when researchers controlled for other factors, such as social background and wealth, the association remained. More… Discuss

Edvard Grieg, Norwegian Dances op. 35: Allegretto Tranquillo E Grazioso


 

L’orchestre de Chambre Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra,
Stewart Grant, Guest Conductor / Chef d’Orchestre invité,
Canada Day Concert fête du Canada,
Edvard Grieg – Norwegian Dances, op 35 – Allegretto tranquillo e grazioso, Part 2 of 4

One of the most beautiful dance ever composed. I always liked listening to it and hope you will to.