Hans Dahl (19 February 1849, Granvin -- 27 July 1937) was a Norwegian painter. and was famous for his paintings of Norwegian fjords and surrounding landscapes.

Dahl resisted the transition in art from Romanticism to Modernism. In the 1890s a new school of art arose, and artists like Dahl were not very popular in the leading circles in the capital. He was particularly criticised by the art historian Jens Thiis. He was severely criticized by fellow artists especially by Christian Krohg, who was one of the leading figures in the transition from romanticism to naturalism which characterized Norwegian art in this period. Throughout his life, he increasingly narrowed his range of topics. Dahl often described the scenery of the western part of Norway in brilliant sunshine with smiling people in national costumes. His vibrant colors and charming portrayals of young Norwegian girls in their national costume have always been very popular.
More: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Dahl

Villa Strandheim:

Music: in part 1:
Edward Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 2, Op. 55, Solveig's Song
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

Music part 2:
Edward Grieg: Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46: Morgenstimmung
Orchestra: Berliner Philharmoniker
Conductor: Herbert von Karajan

Edvard Grieg (15 June 1843 -- 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist. He is best known for his Piano Concerto in A minor, for his incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt.

The music Edvard Grieg composed is based on a five-act play in verse by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen, loosely based on the fairy tale Per Gynt. It is the most widely performed Norwegian play.

*Solveig's song (in part 1 of this video just orchestral):

Norwegian Text (prior to the spelling reform)

Kanske vil der gå både Vinter og Vår,
og næste Sommer med, og det hele År; —
men engang vil du komme, det véd jeg visst;
og jeg skal nok vente, for det lovte jeg sidst.
Gud styrke dig, hvor du i Verden går!
Gud glæde dig, hvis du for hans Fodskammel står!
Her skal jeg vente til du kommer igen;
og venter du histoppe, vi træffes der, min Ven!


Perchance both winter and spring will pass,
and next summer, and the entire year: —
but at last you will come, that I know for sure;
and I'll still be waiting, for I once promised I would.
God give you strength, wherever in the world you go!
God give you joy, when you stand before his judgement seat!
Here I'll wait until you come again;
and if you are waiting up above, there we'll meet, my love!

*Morgenstimmung / Morningmood (part 2 of the video)
Morning Mood is one of Grieg's best known works.
The piece depicts the rising of the sun.


Henrik Ibsen (20 March 1828 -- 23 May 1906) was a major 19th-century Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet.


Background image: photo (made with my wonderful simple Canon PowerShot A460 camera): an old felled tree, August 2011, in the forest of Hovet, Norway.
More photos from Norway on my flickr account:


This video has also been published in my classical music channel: youtube.com/user/EttasFavourites

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