Happy birthday, Edvard Grieg! On this date in 1843, Norway’s most famous composer was born in Bergen. In addition to achieving great notoriety for his musical compositions, Grieg is also credited with giving Norwegians a sense of national identity during the union with Sweden. Today his legacy lives on not only through his compositions, but also through several performing art centers and schools named in his honor.

Want to learn more about Grieg and other famous Norwegians? Grieg is one of several notable leaders featured in Viking’s Legendary Norwegian Series from 2015.

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