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In the Hall of the Mountain King" from the Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op .

In the Hall of the Mountain King" from the Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg

Peer Gynt is the incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's 1867 play of the same name loosely based on a Norwegian fairy tale. It tells the story of Peer Gynt, a Norwegian peasant anti-hero, who is constantly drunk, getting in and out of trouble, and experiencing real and imaginary adventures, including the one that is portrayed in the piece to which you will be listening.

There is only one music idea in the piece. Here it is played by the violins (pizzicato). Familiarize yourself with the entire piece by listening to it at least three times from beginning to end. How do you think this piece would be described by different types of listeners — casual, referential, critical, or perceptive?


  1. Click Pause at the end of each theme entry and use the Comment Box (to the right of the video) to describe what you heard from a listening perspective of your choice — casual, referential, critical, or perceptive. Click Post to record your comment at that point in the video. Include at least two short descriptions from each perspective.

  1. When commenting as a referential, critical, or perceptive listener, please address how Grieg achieves unity and variety in the piece through the use of:
  • Dynamics (loud or soft volume, or gradual changes from one to another).
  • Timbre (instruments playing the theme by themselves or in different combinations).
  • Pitch (for instance, an entry of the theme at a different registers, i.e., higher or lower than another).
  • Tempo (at what theme entry does the piece start getting faster-accelerando? Does the piece get slower again?

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  • Your link are to the wrong song!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mountain King" from the Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Op. 46 by the Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, its played by violins. The version im seeking help on is played by violins.
    • michaelhayden1717
    • May 07, 2018 at 7:32pm
  • I provided you a great resource: Use pages 53 & 54: The analysis is GIVEN to you!
    • Doctor_of_Music
    • May 07, 2018 at 9:40pm
  • Sorry, pages 52 & 53. All you needed to do was scroll down a bit and/or view the table of contents.
    • Doctor_of_Music
    • May 07, 2018 at 9:43pm

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