Tuesday, September 27, 2011

In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg

Happy Halloween - In The Hall Of The Mountain King by Edvard Grieg

Learn to play, "In the Hall of the Mountain King" composed by Edvard Grieg for the sixth scene of
Act II in Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt, which premiered in Christiania on February 24, 1876.
The piece is played as the eponymous Peer Gynt, in a dream-like fantasy, enters "the royal hall of the Old Man of the Dovrë (the Mountain King)." The scene's introduction continues: "There is a great crowd of troll courtiers, gnomes and goblins. The Old Man sits on his throne, with crown and sceptre, surrounded by his children and relatives. Peer Gynt stands before him. There is a tremendous uproar in the hall." The lines sung are the first lines in the scene.
Grieg himself wrote: "For the Hall of the Mountain King I have written something that so reeks of cowpats, ultra-Norwegianism, and 'to-thyself-be-enough-ness' that I can't bear to hear it, though I hope that the irony will make itself felt." This free PDF can be downloaded, printed, and played for free and includes suggested fingerings and bowings. This and much more free sheet music available on

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