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Edvard Hagerup Grieg (15 June 1843 – 4 September 1907)
was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is widely considered one of the leading Romantic era
composers, and his music is part of the standard classical repertoire worldwide. His use and
development of Norwegian folk music in his own compositions put the music of Norway in the
international spectrum, as well as helping to develop a national identity, much as Jean Sibelius and
Antonín Dvořák did in Finland and Bohemia, respectively. Grieg is regarded as simultaneously
nationalistic and cosmopolitan in his orientation, for although born in Bergen and buried there, he
traveled widely throughout Europe, and considered his music to express both the beauty of Norwegian
rural life and the culture of Europe as a whole. He is the most celebrated person from the city of Bergen,
with numerous statues depicting his image, and many cultural entities named after him: the city’s largest
building (Grieg Hall), its most advanced music school (Grieg Academy), its professional choir (Edvard
Grieg Kor), and even some private companies that include its largest hotel (Quality Hotel Edvard Grieg),
and a music technology developer (Grieg Music). The Edvard Grieg Museum in Troldhaugen (Grieg’s
former home in Bergen) is dedicated to his legacy.
Ave Maris Stella is the title of two compositions of Edvard Grieg. The official language is Danish. The
Latin text was translated by Thor Lange. Grieg wrote the original in 1893 fot solo voice and piano.
The Ave Maris Stella of 1898 is a mixed-choir arrangement of a solo song written in the same year.