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Edvard Grieg:
The Story of Peer Gynt

"In The Hall of the Mountain King" is part of the incidental music Edvard Grieg wrote for Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt. Hear the story of the play as you listen to Grieg's music.

Music heard in this episode:
Grieg: All from the incidental music for Peer Gynt

Other shows about Edvard Grieg:
About Edvard Grieg
Incidental Music
Other Scandinavian Composers
Halloween Music

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About Edvard Grieg
6/15/1843 - 9/4/1907
Born in Norway

Edvard Grieg was born in Bergen, a seaport in Norway. His first music teacher was his mother, who was a wonderful pianist. Many members of the Grieg family were musical, so Edvard's parents didn't object when he wanted to be a musician when he grew up.

As a teenager, Edvard was sent to study at the best music conservatory in Europe -- in Leipzig, Germany. After he graduated, Grieg spent time in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he met and married his cousin Nina, who was a singer.

Grieg had an active career as a pianist, giving concerts all over Europe. But every summer, he came back to Norway to compose. He became a great champion of Norwegian music, art and theater, which is why the great Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen asked Grieg to write music for his play Peer Gynt.

See other composers born in Norway


This Week's Quiz:

1. Edvard Grieg wrote incidental music for Peer Gynt, which is a play by

William Shakespeare

Henrik Ibsen

George Bernard Shaw

Thornton Wilder

2.A famous dance from Peer Gynt is

Anitra's Dance

The Blue Danube Waltz

Slavonic Dance

Minuet in G

3. Another famous piece from Peer Gynt is

Aase's Death

Hary Janos

Midsummer Night's Dream

Viennese Musical Clock


Edvard Grieg
In the Hall of the Mountain King

Composed in 1875
Performed by BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Jerzy Maksymiuk, conductor

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