Edvard Grieg was a well known nationalist composer being influenced by Scandinavian folk music and folklore. He wrote compositions in the romantic style of his time but later on in his life he started to create his own musical language influenced by folk music. His goal was to create music for the people; compositions anyone could appreciate.
One of the most famous compositions he wrote is called the Peer Gynt suite . It’s based on a story written by Henrick Ibsen about a young boy who goes on a journey where he sees the world and tries to become a important person, only to return back home where he discovers peace and acceptance.
For the complete list see List of compositions by Edvard Grieg
- Violin Sonata No. 1 in F Major, Op. 8
- Piano Sonata in E Minor, Op. 9
- Concert Overture "In Autumn", Op. 11
- Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major, Op. 13
- Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16
- Incidental music to Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 22
- Incidental music to Ibsen's play Peer Gynt, Op. 23
- Two Elegiac Melodies for Strings, Op. 34
- Four Norwegian Dances for Piano four hands, Op. 35
- Cello Sonata in A Minor, Op. 39
- Holberg Suite for string orchestra, Op. 40
- Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 45
- Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
- Lyric Suite for Orchestra, Op. 54 (orchestration of four Lyric Pieces)
- Peer Gynt Suite No. 2, Op. 55
- Suite from Sigurd Jorsalfar, Op. 56
- Four Symphonic Dances for Orchestra, Op. 64
- An orchestration of the Lyric Piece "Wedding-day at Troldhaugen", Op. 65
- Symphony in C Minor
- Sixty-six Lyric Pieces for solo piano in ten books, including: To the Spring, Little Bird, Butterfly, Notturno, Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, At Your Feet, Norwegian Melody, Poème erotique and Gone.