Grieg — In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt

About the piece

In The Hall Of The Mountain King is from a bigger piece of music, Peer Gynt Suite, which tells the story of a boy called Peer Gynt who falls in love with a girl that he is not allowed to marry. Very upset, he runs away to the mountains to have a think but he gets captured by ugly nasty trolls and they take him to their king. He tries to escape in the middle of the night but the trolls hear him and chase him through the mountain corridors. Finally, after bumping into the King, he escapes. This piece of music uses different instruments of the orchestra to create a soundtrack and it describes the story beautifully.

About the composer

Norwegian Edvard Grieg (1843-1907) enjoyed telling the Folk stories of Norway in his music. His music was so well known that he would get followed by children singing his tunes, a little like a popstar today! Grieg was a leading composer of the Romantic era and brought the music of Norway to an international audience.The music in this piece is like a film soundtrack, creating the story of a mountain where trolls lived.

Edvard Grieg on the Ten Pieces website

More resources for Edvard Grieg from the Ten Pieces pages on the BBC website.

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