Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) is most famous for "Peer Gynt Suites", notably "In the Hall of the Mountain King". He is a Norwegian musical hero; during his life time Norway was under Denish rule and then Sweden took over Denmark. People in Norway wanted to keep their identity. Grieg wrote many pieces inspired by Norwegian folk tunes. He also lived during the high point of Norwegian cultural scene. His contemporaries include Ibsen and Munch.
The violin sonata in C minor (no.3) is the most famous of three violin sonatas by Grieg. Unlike the first two, he spent months to complete it. It's carefully crafted -- you can tell by its perfectness. It is no surprise that this sonata was his personal favorite and he liked to perform it on piano.
Number two: Grieg hated school because he felt his teachers were too strict. In order to skip some classes, he wouldn't bring his umbrella to school on rainy days (Bergen has lots of rain) and get soaking wet. His school teacher would send him home to change... how smart...
We had so much fun working on this sonata. As I said, because of the perfect craft, many of his intentions are very clear but there are some things that are tossed up in the air. It's very romantic (which is a challenge for me), energetic and passionate. Here is a great recording of Fritz Kreisler and Sergei Rachmaninoff playing it: