Published on : Thursday, November 23, 2017
2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Norway’s most famous play – Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt. To celebrate the anniversary, four young Norwegian artists were invited to make their own versions of the original compositions Edvard Grieg wrote for the play. The results are four contemporary takes on “Morning Mood”, “In the Hall of the Mountain King” and “Anitra’s Dance”.
The compositions Grieg wrote for Peer Gynt have become iconic and are today included in music education across the world and used in numerous films, TV shows and even computer games. In addition to Peer Gynt, Henrik Ibsen also wrote the world-famous plays Hedda Gabler and A Doll House both staged in the UK on a number of occasions.
The participating artists, Unge Ferrari, Drippin, Øyunn and Fight the Fight, all working within different music genres, have created four unique new songs inspired by the traditional compositions by Grieg mixed with their own distinctive personal style and contemporary tunes of R&B, Groove, Club and Rock .
Peer Gynt was released in 1867, but was first seen on stage nine years later. On February 24th 1876, Ibsen’s Peer Gynt accompanied by Grieg’s music had its premiere at Christiania Theater in Oslo.
The music was inspired by Norwegian folk music, but it was also written in the same way Ibsen wrote Peer Gynt, with an ironic tone of the Norwegian way of being at the time. It’s a reflection of the 1860’s Norway, a time where many people moved away from the traditional family farms and started a new life in the city. Peer Gynt is also a story of the common man and the challenges and conflicts we all face in life, which is why the play is timeless and universal in its appeal.
Numerous versions of Peer Gynt has been staged internationally since the premiere in Oslo in 1876, and the play has cemented its positions as one of the most famous stage plays in the world.