Nina Hagerup Grieg, a Danish-Norwegian Unitarian, was a concert singer and became the inspiration for her famous composer husband Edvard Grieg's substantial body of songs. She earned a reputation as an unrivaled interpreter of his vocal works. Her unique style penetrated the poetry and heightened the drama of the words. Composer Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky later wrote of her, "I have never met a better-informed or more highly cultivated woman." After Edvard died in September of 1907, Nina lived in Denmark for nearly thirty years. There she belonged to the Free Church Society (Unitarian) in Copenhagen, 1908-35. Although Nina had come to adopt many of her husband's religious opinions, she did not share Edvard's intense dislike of state churches. She hoped that one day the Danish Lutheran Church, more liberal than the Norwegian one, would become broad enough to include Unitarians. She donated to the Unitarian church building fund and organized and performed in concerts to raise money for an organ. Thorvald Kierkegaard, the Danish Unitarian minister, conducted her funeral ceremonies in Copenhagen. Her ashes are now united with her husband's at Troldhaugen.
Specifically: Ashes united with her husband's in a cliffside tomb overlooking a fjord near their home at Troldhaugen.
Created by: Warrick L. Barrett
Record added: Oct 29, 2006
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