Norwegian composer Grieg composed his second collection of piano pieces in 1868 and called it “Scenes of Country Life”. Grieg was inspired by nature and also included folk music themes in his compositions.
The first piece is called “Morning”, or “A New Day Has Dawned”. Grieg composed the piece while vacationing with his family in Switzerland after fleeing the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. Grieg had been advised by a doctor to go somewhere with good air quality for a while due to his recurring lung problems. Grieg was said to have woken up one morning, inspired by the freshness of the day and composed “Morning” in no time. Grieg also wrote about being so excited to have created this piece that he could not wait to run out of his room to share it with his family. Grieg indicated that he wanted the composition to be played with three times as many notes as there are in the original music. Grieg also wrote that he wanted the piece to be played with an “unbuttoned” style. Grieg performed this piece himself at a piano recital in 1874 . Grieg dedicated “Morning” to his friend, violinist Paulson.