Photographer's Note

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Following on from my last photograph, this is the exterior view of Edvard and Nina Grieg's summer house at Troldhaugen on the outskirts of Bergen. Grieg had always been fascinated by trolls and so, when he commissioned his cousin, Schak Bull, to build this house in 1885 he decided to name it "Troldhaugen" or "Troll Hill".

Grieg and his wife, Nina Hagerup (his cousin whom he had married in 1865), spent most of their time in Norway here, away from the hustle and bustle of Bergen and he also had built a little "composer's hut" some short distance from this house where he could study and compose music without interruption.

The couple were always people of modest tastes, the internal walls of the house being of plain unpainted wood and the floors bare uncarpeted boards and, when they died it was their request that they should be buried together in the cliff face below this house, facing the sea.

Edvard Grieg died in 1907 at the age of 64 but his wife, Nina, survived him until 1935, aged 90. I shall add a photograph of their modest burial site as a workshop.

For those interested in Grieg's piano music, here is a nice little recording of his delightful "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen".

ISO 200, 1/320 sec at f/8, focal length 17mm.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1985 W: 431 N: 7647] (30475)
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