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Troldhaugen, the home of Edvard and Nina Grieg, was referred to by Grieg himself as his best opus so far, and can indeed be a revealing study of his ideas and personality. In 1985, a hundred years after Grieg moved into Troldhaugen, the chamber music hall Troldsalen opened. While enjoying the excellent acoustics of this concert hall, audiences can appreciate a view through the glass wall behind the performers, overlooking Grieg’s composing hut and the lake beyond.

Today, Troldhaugen consists of the villa, the composer’s hut, and the burial ground, as well as a modern museum building and the Troldsalen concert hall. In the villa, which was finished in 1885, you can experience Grieg’s own Steinway grand piano from 1892. The grand piano is in equally good shape today as it was more than a hundred years ago, and it is frequently used for concerts. Lately, the piano has also been used for recording sessions. The composer’s hut, which was built in 1891, was a direct result of Grieg’s need for total silence when he was composing, something he found hard to achieve in the villa. Many of Grieg’s most famous works were composed in the hut. The Troldsalen concert hall, which has an audience capacity of 200, is situated right next to the villa, and is specially constructed for chamber music.

“To have the ability to withdraw into oneself and forget everything around one when one is creating - What, I think is the only requirement for being able to bring forth something beautiful. The whole thing is - a mystery”

- Edvard Grieg




Supported by Vestland County Council

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