IV. IN THE HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN KING
from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46
by Edvard Grieg
Edvard Grieg was born in 1843 in Bergen, Norway and died there in 1907. Grieg was both an outstanding pianist and composer and he expressed his love of Norwegian culture and the beauty of the Norwegian countryside in his compositions.
In the Hall of the Mountain King was first written as incidental music for the premier of Henrik Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt in 1876. Grieg later created two orchestral suites from the incidental music. In the Hall of the Mountain King is a musical depiction of Peer Gynt being chased by trolls during his escape from the home of the Mountain King.
Grieg spent his retirement making 78-rpm gramophone recordings of his piano works as well as recording player piano music rolls.
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