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In the Hall of the Mountain King

Stories and music! Here is a fun activity to do with your kids involving the piece In the Hall of the Mountain King.

This week’s activity takes a look at one movement of Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite. Edvard Grieg was born in 1843 in Norway. His mother was a pianist and taught him how to play music from a young age. Grieg was very passionate about Norway and composed pieces inspired by Norwegian folk tunes. In his most famous work, Grieg composed incidental (background) music for a famous play titled Peer Gynt, after the main character of the same name. Grieg took the full composition and turned into a shorter suite with some of the highlights from the play.

The Story

In this play, Peer falls in love with a girl but is not allowed to marry her. After being forced to leave home for being untrustworthy, Peer finds himself in the Hall of the Mountain King where he is captured by trolls. He upsets the King of the Trolls when he refuses to marry the King’s daughter and become a troll. Peer runs from the trolls and barely makes it out! 

As You Listen...

  • What instruments do you hear? 
  • What instruments, sounds, and melody represent the trolls? Which represent Peer?
  • What scene do you picture when you listen to the piece?
  • How does the music change over time? Does it feel calmer or more intense at the end of the piece?

Integration alert!

Can you create your own story based on Grieg’s In the Hall of the Mountain King? We would love to hear about it!

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Whatcom Arts Project

The BSO is a proud participant and a founding member of the new Whatcom Arts Project, a group of over 30 community arts nonprofits. The goal of the Whatcom Arts Project is to reach our community during this time of need to provide hope, entertainment, learning opportunities, and a sense of togetherness. Each week during the pandemic, the BSO posted learning activities and videos on our website and to social media as part of the Whatcom Arts Project.

To learn more about the Whatcom Arts Project and home friendly activities in our area, please visit: www.facebook.com/WhatcomArtsProject/ or https://www.bellingham.org/whatcom-arts-project/.