Edward Grieg became a great champion of Norwegian music, art and theater. This is why the great Norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen asked Grieg to write music for his theatrical play “Peer Gynt”. The story of a young man, a son of once rich merchant who lost all his fortune, leaving young Peer and his mother to live in poverty. Peer wants to restore his father’s good name and fortune, and embarks upon a journey around the world, visiting many distant countries where he meets some real and some fairy characters. “In the Hall of the Mountain King” is a scene where Peer Gynt is day-dreaming, and in his fantasy enters the hall of troll’s King, living in depths of a mountain. The scene’s introduction reads: “There is a great crowd of troll courtiers, gnomes and goblins. Their King sits on his throne, with crown and scepter, surrounded by his children and relatives. Peer Gynt stands before him. There is a tremendous uproar in the hall.” The melody starts slowly and “cripplingly”, repeats over and over again, each time growing louder and more savage.
HomeOrchestra arrangements of classical music standards will help you feel like a professional from first steps. Listen to “the Demo” file, where songs are featured exactly as they finally should sound, with HomeOrchestra’s soloist and the orchestra. Practice with our music sheet, then play our “play-along” track, step in as a soloist, and enjoy leading a full-scale symphonic orchestra in the comfort of your home!
Credits: Lola Smolokowski, piano / “Orquesta Reino de Aragon” orchestra / Ricardo Casero, conductor