In the Hall of the Mountain King

By: Brydon

Biography of Edvard Grieg

Edvard Grieg was the composer of In the Hall of the Mountain King. He was a very famous composer and had a great and successful life. He was born in Norway and lived from June 15, 1843 - September 4, 1907. Him and his family were of the Scottish origin. He got piano lessons from his mother and his father was a part of the British consul.

Edvard Grieg's Career

He was always a very musical man. He composed lots of piano pieces and he also made some compositions related to folk song. Between 1867 and 1901 he wrote ten collections of lyric pieces. He also wrote three piano sonatas. Edvard Grieg had many famous/popular compositions and not necissarily just one "claim to fame."

His Music

Edvard Grieg's music was part of the romantic era. His music was often considered novel. People described the romantic era as emotional and had expression. His music fit in with this era because it was of the romantic style and he also composed and played many piano pieces, which were a big part in the romantic era.


About the Song

It is a piece of orchestral music. It was for the 6th scene of act 2 in Henrik Ibsen's 1867 play Peer Gynt. And it is a very recognizable theme.The piece starts off with cellos, double basses, and bassoons, but in the melody many different instruments are featured. It has been used in media, music education, in popular music, and in movies. Peer Gynt is an animation where a man has been caught by monsters and attempts to escape. I like how this song starts off kind of boring and slower but eventually becomes faster and more exciting and i think the music goes very well with the scene that is going on in Peer Gynt.