In The Hall of The Mountain King

Edvard Grieg

Composer Edvard Grieg

Edvard Grieg was born on June 15, 1843, in Bergen, Norway. At the age of 6 he took piano lessons from his mother who studied music in Hamburg, and in 1858 he entered the Leipzig Conservatory to study piano. Here he was influenced by the works of Mendelssohn and Schumann. In 1863 he went to Copenhagen and in 1864-1865 he became one of the founders of the Copenhagen concert society. In 1867 he married his cousin, Nina Hagerup. Grieg’s most popular works include Lyric Pieces, Incidental music to Peer Gynt (including his famous excerpt In the Hall of the Mountain King), Opus 23 and the suite Holberg, Opus 40. Edvard Grieg died in 1907 after being ill for a long time. His last words were “Well, if it must be so.”


Arranger Roy D. Johnson

Roy D. Johnson attended Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and the University of Illinois. He taught at several high schools in IL and performed with the Rockford, IL Symphony. He also taught at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and has performed with both the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra. He has also served as a bassoon teacher at the International Music Camp and Associate Professor of Music and Woodwinds at North Dakota State University.



In The Hall of The Mountain King Facts

This song was supposed to be part of Opus 23, but was changed to be part of the play Peer Gynt. It is very famous now and many people know it. I enjoy playing this song because it is a happy tune.

Evren Akyuz

I was born on January 14, 2001. I am 14 years old. I have been playing bassoon since 6th grade, but I have known that I wanted to play bassoon since 4th grade. I really enjoy this instrument and would like to continue playing throughout my life. In my free time I enjoy building Legos, drawing, collecting model cars, fishing and 4-wheeling.

Definitions of Musical Terms in the Song

p - Quiet

mf - Medium Loud

f- Loud

ff - Very Loud

Sharp (#) - Half step up

Flat (b) - Half step down

Fermata - Hold note or rest longer than usual

Grace Note - Very short note (don't get any beats)

What I Enjoyed About the Project

I enjoyed learning a new song to play on my bassoon. It was fun to do a piece on my own so that I could be heard and not drowned out by the rest of the band.