Grieg - Funeral March for Rikard Nordraak
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"Funeral March For Rikard Nordraak" by Dallas Wind Symphony
Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak
While in Copenhagen Grieg met the young Norwegian composer Rikard Nordraak, composer of the Norwegian national anthem. His influence, together with that of Ole Bull, sparked Grieg's interest in developing a Norwegian style of music, separate from the predominating German style of the time.
In 1865 Grieg, with Nordraak and others, founded Euterpe, an organization to promote contemporary Scandinavian music. After his friend died of tuberculosis in 1866, Grieg wrote "Funeral March in Memory of Rikard Nordraak."