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.
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...
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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