Russell Performs In The Hall Of The Mountain King By Grieg


This young man is an absolute genius and has a real talent on the piano. It has been so fun to follow his journey along the way as he’s learned to play the piano. At such a young age, he has a passion for playing the piano that is inspirational. Our Glendale Piano Studio is home to some of the most wonderful students in all of Arizona. Like many busy families in the area, these kids are involved in school programs, after-school programs, and sports. Still, with joy, they find time to make it here for music lessons weekly. Our music school in Glendale offers piano lessons, guitar lessons, bass lessons. drum lessons, violin, and voice. We are excited by the potential of all our students as they continue to amaze us with their growth musically. Our music teachers are some of Glendale’s best, and we are excited by the fact that students come from all over the Phoenix-Metro area to learn from our instructors. We take pride in our work, our studio, and our students. We hope you enjoy this piano performance of In The Hall of The Mountain King from one of our young students Russell. His commitment to the art and his constant progression on piano continues to amaze us.

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Our team of world-class instructors is well versed in theory and concert performances. Shirley studied piano with Joan Gilbert and Daniel Fletcher in Memphis, TN and graduated from MSU in Piano Performance. She also has an extensive performance background with various churches in the Phoenix Valley, as well as back east. She accompanied the Marshallette Trio on Doyle Blackwood’s weekly TV show for several years and has also accompanied singers on TBN. She has worked with various studio artists, played many different genres of music and performed in many different settings as an accompanist, and soloist for weddings, lounge music, classical music, church, etc. Shirley is also a member of the Phoenix Music Teacher’s Association and the Music Teacher’s National Association. Her teaching experience includes Music Works Academy, The Institute of Music Education in Scottsdale, and Milano’s Music Studios in Mesa which has compiled 20+ years of experience. Experience includes class setting, as well as private lessons with all ages. In addition to learning songs, many other techniques are used to improve the students’ technical skills and chord/scale knowledge, which will give each student a solid foundation for growth potential. “My goal as your teacher is to enable you to progress and succeed in whatever direction you choose to take your musical adventure, whether that is classical, rock, gospel, jazz, etc.”

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Learn More About In The Hall Of The Mountain King By Grieg As Referenced By Wikipedia

“In the Hall of the Mountain King” (Norwegian: I Dovregubbens hall) is a piece of orchestral music composed by Edvard Grieg in 1875 as incidental music for the sixth scene of act 2 in Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 play Peer Gynt. It was originally part of Opus 23 but was later extracted as the final piece of Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, Op. 46. Its easily recognizable theme has helped it attain iconic status in popular culture, where it has been arranged by many artists (See Grieg’s music in popular culture).

The English translation of the name is not literal. Dovre is a mountainous region in Norway, and “gubbe” translates into (old) man or husband. “Gubbe” is used along with its female counterpart “kjerring” to differentiate male and female trolls, “trollgubbe” and “trollkjerring”. In the play, Dovregubben is a troll king that Peer Gynt invents in a fantasy.

The piece is played as the title character Peer Gynt, in a dream-like fantasy, enters “Dovregubbens (the troll Mountain King’s) hall”. The scene’s introduction continues: “There is a great crowd of troll courtiers, gnomes and goblins. Dovregubben sits on his throne, with crown and sceptre, surrounded by his children and relatives. Peer Gynt stands before him. There is a tremendous uproar in the hall.” The lines sung are the first lines in the scene.

Grieg himself wrote, “For the Hall of the Mountain King I have written something that so reeks of cowpats, ultra-Norwegianism, and ‘to-thyself-be-enough-ness’ that I can’t bear to hear it, though I hope that the irony will make itself felt.”The theme of “to thyself be… enough” – avoiding the commitment implicit in the phrase “To thine own self be true” and just doing enough – is central to Peer Gynt’s satire, and the phrase is discussed by Peer and the mountain king in the scene which follows the piece.

The piece is in the overall key of B minor. The simple theme begins slowly and quietly in the lowest registers of the orchestra, played first by the cellos, double basses, and bassoons. After being stated, the main theme is then very slightly modified with a few different ascending notes, but transposed up a perfect fifth (to the key of F-sharp major, the dominant key, but with flattened sixth) and played on different instruments.

The two groups of instruments then move in and out of different octaves until they eventually “collide” with each other at the same pitch. The tempo gradually speeds up to a prestissimo finale, and the music itself becomes increasingly loud and frenetic.

Bibliographic Information

Title: In The Hall of The Mountain King
Author: Edvard Grieg
Subjects: Music › Musical Instruments › Piano & Keyboard