BERGEN, Norway — Ardent love letters just published here from Edvard Grieg to a young concert pianist shed new light on the 19th-Century Norwegian composer's passionate temperament.
Grieg wrote the letters in 1896, when he was 52, to Bella Edwards, a little-known musician believed to be American or Danish. She was 17 or 18 at the time.
"He was a passionate man, very un-Norwegian in many respects. Perhaps it was his Scottish ancestry," Reidun Kayser, a Grieg historian, said.
Grieg was married during his correspondence with the young pianist. But historians in Bergen, where he was born in 1843 and died in 1907, said his eye for pretty women was no secret.