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Although photography is most definitely one of my interests, I also love music, especially classical music and, in particular, classical piano music. So, during our brief visit to Bergen it was a privilege to be able to visit the summer home of Norway's most famous composer, Edvard Grieg, at Troldhaugen, just a few kilometres outside the city.

This is Grieg's very own Steinway piano which is very occasionally used for small concerts and some recordings but we were treated to a very fine and very enjoyable half-hour piano concert of Grieg's works in a nearby hall which has been purpose-built as part of the Troldhaugen visitor centre.

Perhaps Grieg's most famous piano composition is his Piano Concerto in A Minor which you can hear here played by Arthur Rubenstein.

But one thing that I didn't know about Grieg was that he was actually of Scottish ancestry. I am not sure how common the surname "Grieg" is in Norway, but in Scotland the name "Greig" (pronounced "Greg") is not uncommon and is a variant of "Gregor". Edvard Grieg's great grandfather was Alexander Greig, a Scotsman who, after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, travelled widely, eventually settling in Bergen in 1770, establishing business interests.

I shall try to show a another photo from Troldhaugen later.

ISO 3200, 1/30 sec at f/6.3. focal length 24mm.

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