Grieg's most celebrated work is the stage music he wrote for Peer Gynt, by playwright Henrik Ibsen. The story combines Norwegian folklore - including the fantastic imagery of the trolls -, the exuberance of fairy tales and a moral and philosophical dimension. It tells the story of a peasant who is sent into exile and travels through exotic countries, returning long after to reconcile with the meaning of life and find peace of mind. Almost as tortuous as Peer's journey was that of the composer himself in search of a musically appropriate solution, in a creative odyssey that lasted nearly two years. In spite of everything, Peer Gynt was a huge triumph when it premiered, in 1876, a success that lasts to this day.
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