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Grieg: Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt Suite for Flute & Piano

By Edvard Grieg

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Flute & Piano - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907). Arranged by James M. Guthrie, ASCAP. Romantic Period, Repertoire, Technique Training, European, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 18 pages. Published by jmsgu3 (S0.351581).

Item Number: S0.351581

Duration: ca. 2:17 Score: 10 pages, solo part: 2 pages, piano part: 5 pages. A proven audience pleaser - perfect for a recital encore!  

Grieg Background

In the first place, Edvard Grieg(1843 –1907) was a Norwegian composer aswell as a concert pianist. As a matter of fact, most music historians consider him one ofthe foremost Romantic era composers. Consequently, his music ispart of the international standard classical repertoire. Grieg moreover used Norwegianfolk music in his own compositions.  Consequently, he ushered Norwegian music to transnationalconsciousness. Furthermore, he forged a national musical identityfor Norway. It is important to realize that he did this in a mannersimilar to Jean Sibelius in Finland, and Bedřich Smetana in Bohemia.

Legacy

Grieg is especially celebrated in the city of Bergen. Forexample, the city has erected numerous statues depicting Grieg. Specifically, thecity has named a concert hall (Grieg Hall), a music school (Grieg Academy) anda professional choir (Edvard Grieg Kor) after him. As a matter of fact, thereis also a museum located at his former home in Troldhaugen.

Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (Op. 46)

Grieg wrote incidental music for the purpose ofillustrating a play by Ibsen known as Peer Gynt. The play includes, inparticular, the famous selection entitled, Inthe Hall of the Mountain King. In this composition, Grieg indeed depicts theexploits of the scoundrel, Peer Gynt. In one famous episode, for example, Peersteals a bride at her wedding. For this reason, the people chase him, but soonPeer falls, thereupon striking his skull on a boulder. He wakens forthwith in ahighland bounded by angry gnomes. Consequently, the music of In the Hall of the Mountain Kingrepresents the mad gnomes taunting Peer. Therefore, each time the theme repeatsit gets louder and faster. In the end, Peer surprisingly escapes from themountain.

Holberg Suite and Misc. Summary

It must be remembered that Grieg originally wrote his HolbergSuite for the piano. In other words, he only later arranged it forstrings. Further, Grieg composed by and large many songs with lyrics by famouswriters such as Heine, Goethe, Ibsen, Hans Christian Andersen, RudyardKipling, and others. On balance, Norwegian pianist Eva Knardahl recordedaltogether Grieg’s whole piano catalog on LP in 1980. These recordings were releasedagain on CD in 2006. In any event, Grieg himself performed and recorded thebulk of these pieces toward the end of his life.

 

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