Important and brief autographed note signed "E.G." on the verso of an even rarer calling card, measuring 2 x 3.5 inches, no place, no date, but most definitely written during his studies in Leipzig, circa 1863. Grieg wrote this note in response to a request for money and regrets that his circumstances are not such as to make a remittance possible. He closes by telling the recipient, "I have closer obligations in my own country." The importance and historical significance of this item lies in the fact that it was written during Grieg's most trying days and on possibly his earliest calling card. Fine.
Norwegian composer and pianist of the Romantic period, likely the greatest composer that Norway ever fostered. In the 1860s, he worked hard to support both himself and his family. By the early 1870s, he had written Piano Concerto in A minor and already composed the music for Peer Gynt at Henrik Ibsen's request. However, in 1874, he was awarded an annual artists grant, and could support his family without needing to teach or to conduct ever again.