Presented at the Grieg Conference in Rome June 8, 2004
Beryl Foster, Great Britain
Freelance singer and lecturer
Leader of the British Grieg Society
Grieg, Bjørnson and Monte Pincio
All roads lead to Rome, so the saying goes, and this has certainly been true over the years for the many Scandinavians who have escaped for a while from their cold and frosty countries to enjoy the warmer, sunnier climes of Italy. Rome became an important location for those on the Grand Tour, and in the latter part of the 19th century there was quite a colony of Scandinavians in the city, including Hans Christian Andersen, the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen and later Henrik Ibsen, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson and, of course, Edvard Grieg.
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Beryl Foster paper 2004