Learn In The Hall Of The Mountain King

In The Hall of the Mountain King cover art


Edward Grieg wrote a very popular song that my students love to play around Halloween, In The Hall Of The Mountain King. It has a real cool sound, with a staccato bass and right hand, that is played so quick and lively. (Allegro moderato)


  • The Peer Gynt Suite
The famous Norwegian writer and poet Henrich Ibsen asked Grieg to write music for his play Peer Gynt. This work, first performed in 1876, became so popular that it made Grieg nationally known.

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The story is about Peer, a foolish and bold young fellow, who sets out from home in search of fame and fortune. The group of pieces (called a suite) tells the story of his adventures. Grieg wrote the pieces for orchestra and later transcribed them for piano.

illustrations by vesper stamper

"In The Hall of the Mountain King'" Peer goes into a dark cave where the trolls live. The music expresses the excitement and danger of the adventure.


  • Song in the Key of F
Bass Line (Single notes)

D, A, D, A (3 times)... then F, F (repeat)

*A to E, A to E / A to F, A to E / A, E, A, E / A, F, A* repeat

D, A, D, A / D, A, D, A / D, A, D / A, D

Right Hand (Single notes)

D, E, F, G, A, F, A / G#, E, G#, G, Eb, G / D, E, F, G, A, F, A, D / C, A, F, A, C. (repeat)

*A, B, C#, D, E, C#, E / F, C#, F, E, C#, E / A, B, C#, D, E, C#, E / F, C#, F, E* repeat

D, E, F, G, A, F, A / G#, E, G#, G, Eb, G / D, E, F, G, A, F, A, D / A, G, F, E, D

Free printable sheet music, here. This song would sound cool with an organ setting, too.
You may be interested in Gospel Keys Organ Collection

All the best,






"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B.King
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